Dozens fall when ski lift malfunctions in West Virginia

On Feb. 20, about two dozen skiers fell and 100 more were stranded when the ski lift they were riding on malfunctioned, according to reports. Of those that fell from the lift, two were slightly injured.

The accident, which occurred in Davis at Timberline Resort, caused nearly 25 skiers to fall 30 feet. Two of the nine victims who were examined at the scene by medical personnel were transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Responding to the scene were rescue personnel with medical helicopters and nearby fire departments. However, because none of the victims were seriously injured, their services were not required.

Since the lift was unable to move, it took about two hours for the 100 remaining skiers to be rescued. Although the resort remained open for the day, the lift was prohibited for use. A Timberline representative said that the resort had never experienced an equipment malfunction that caused any of its skiers to be injured. The representative further stated a full investigation into the cause of the problem was underway and attempts were being made to ensure the safety of all those who visit the resort.

Those who own and operate a business where people frequently visit are legally responsible for keeping their property safe and free from dangers. This is especially the case for owners of ski resorts, amusement parks and other places where people ride mechanically operated mechanisms like ski lifts and roller coasters. Those who have been injured because of a property owner's failure to repair or maintain the company's property and equipment may wish to file a claim for their losses. Because dangerous property conditions lawsuits are generally complex in nature, it may be advisable for injury victims to seek legal counsel.

Source: NBC News, "Skiers Plunge Off Ski Lift at West Virginia Resort After Mechanical Failure, Two Injured", Elisha Fieldstadt, Feb. 20, 2016

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