With the winter weather on its way, BC Safety Authority (BCSA) is advising British Columbians to have fun and stay safe on chairlifts this year.
Each year there are preventable accidents and injuries involving lift equipment, something BCSA Senior Safety Officer David Looney says is avoidable if riders follow safety rules and pay attention to signage.
“When loading and unloading from any type of ski lift, passengers should put their mobile phones away and pay attention to lift operators' instructions and surroundings,” Looney says, adding that the BCSA is currently studying the use of electronic devices on chairlifts to see just how much they contribute to accidents.
In BC, 60% of chairlift related injuries are caused by passenger behaviour, making it the biggest source of accidents by far.
Chairlifts aren’t the only area of concern either, as there are also a number of accidents and injuries from sustained on the seemingly innocent T-bar.
“Ropeway users are strongly reminded when riding a surface T-bar or platter to stay in the towpath,” says Looney. “Over the years, serious incidents have occurred because of passengers riding out of the designated towpath.”
You can keep your lift experience safe by following some of these tips: