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Whiteface worker hurt during lift malfunction (update)

January 27, 2011
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

WILMINGTON - A Whiteface Mountain employee is at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. after he was injured on the job Monday.

The employee was trying to restart the Kids Kampus lift at 10:15 a.m. when he was struck by a chain and broke his arm, according to the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. This was while a standby, auxiliary engine was being used to unload two skiers and two instructors at the top of the lift, which had malfunctioned and stopped.

He was treated at the mountain by the ski patrol, North Country Life Flight and the Wilmington rescue squad, then airlifted to Fletcher Allen for further treatment. An investigation is under way as to the cause of the accident.

"Our thoughts are with the employee," said ORDA President and CEO Ted Blazer. "We are hopeful for a full recovery."

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Contact Nathan Brown at 518-891-2600 ext. 26 or nbrown@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.

 
 

 

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