Ski Resort Employee Loses Arm in Conveyor Accident

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11/21/2012

MedFlight prepares to transport Russell Watts to Akron General Hospital after his arm was amputated while installing Clear Fork Ski Resort's new conveyor lift. / Jami Kinton/News Journal

SAM Magazine--November 21, 2012--An unfortunate accident at Clear Fork Resort in central Ohio, cost an employee his arm on Tuesday, November 20. Clear Fork Resort has been constructing a new tubing park, slated to open December 7, with 10 lanes serviced by a newly-installed conveyor lift. While working on the lift, employee Russell Watts had his left arm torn off. Watts was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he is listed in serious condition. Industry experts are renewing their plea for safe lock-out, tag-out procedures as resorts get their lifts in shape for the upcoming season to avoid accidents such as these.