Wolf Creek Fined by OSHA

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Publish Date

04/15/2011

SAM Magazine--April 15, 2011--The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found "serious" workplace violations at Wolf Creek Ski Area, Colo., following an investigation of the avalanche death of the area's patrol director.

On November 22, 2010, Scott Kay was performing avalanche control work by himself and was not wearing a helmet, both violations of state law. Kay died when he skied across the slope, instead of across the summit, and was caught and buried in an avalanche. OSHA fined Wolf Creek $7,000 and $5,000 for the respective violations. In addition, the area was fined $5,000 for lack of handrails on a metal staircase.

Wolf Creek has until May 26 to correct these issues.

Comments

SNOWSPORTS

Avalanche patrol should never been done in a one person team just like going freeride. ABC for any avalanch patrol team. Regarding a helmet, I believe we should have done a better job and the resort needed to implement a helmet policy before we have to report a loss. Sorry for the loss of Scott Kay, I believe he performed a task he loved.

No helmet = violation?

"Scott Kay was performing avalanche control work by himself and was not wearing a helmet, both violations of state law." Not wearing a helmet while doing avalanche control work is a violation of Colorado state law?

Patroller

It seems OSHA is making a statement considering a life was lost and the minimal fine.

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