Labor and Industry Join Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association, Seven Springs Mountain Resort for Ski Lift Maintenance Safety Seminar

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Champion, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier joined dozens of skilled electricians, mechanics, installers and service technicians in Seven Springs today Mountain Resort in Somerset County for the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA) Ski Lift Maintenance Seminar – an annual gathering event that brings together professionals responsible for the maintenance and safety of ski lifts across the Pennsylvania.

The annual event also provides an opportunity for knowledge sharing and cross-training with support from L&I industry experts who apply lift and cable car safety standards across the Commonwealth.

“I couldn’t be happier to see these professionals gathered at the base of a mountain in western Pennsylvania for what has become one of the nation’s top lift maintenance-focused safety seminars.” , Berrier said. “Ski resorts offer more than a fun time on the slopes. They are year-round economic engines for some of our most rural communities, and their success depends in part on public confidence in the safety of Pennsylvania is known for ski safety thanks to the electricians, mechanics and other professionals who maintain cable car equipment, and L&I is proud to support this work by enforcing safety standards that protect the public and workers. »

L&I’s Office of Occupational and Industrial Safety (BOIS) administers and enforces safety standards across a range of industries to keep the workplace and the public safe. The bureau’s industrial safety experts enforce standards for asbestos, boiler, building construction, flammable and combustible liquids, lead, liquefied petroleum gas and elevator occupations – which includes the lifts of 29 resorts in Pennsylvania.

L&I supports the annual seminar, which began in 2018, with the participation and training of BOIS personnel who inspect ski lift ropeways throughout Pennsylvania. In small groups, participants alternate lessons on evacuation procedures, conveyors, electrical safety circuits and controls, gearboxes, brakes and hydraulic controls, wheelchair inspections and maintenance, lubrication and bearings.

On Tuesday, Berrier also recognized 25 organizations and instructors with certificates of recognition for their development, presentation and participation as seminar instructors.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alex Peterson, dlipress@pa.gov

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