Ski Resort Employee Loses Arm in Conveyor Accident
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.