Buildings Division Inspects Wisconsinís Ski Resorts
we look forward to another winter in Wisconsin the Department of
Commerce Safety and Buildings Division is busy inspecting ski areas
around the state. The department is conducting yearly inspections
for compliance with the administrative rules found under Ch. Comm
Some elements of a ski lift inspection include:
- Maintenance and inspection performed by the owner/operator
are reviewed. Part of the review includes verifying that a third
party has inspected ski lift wire ropes in the past 12 months.
Maintenance of lifts includes documentation of any structural
or operational changes made since the previous season. These
yearly inspections provide a history of the machineryís care
- All towers, chairs and components are inspected for structural
- Tests are conducted to inspect all stops, brakes and deropement
- Safety gates are tested. (These gates stop a lift or tow if
a passenger has not exited the lift by a certain point after
the unloading area.)
- Emergency brakes are inspected.
- Auxiliary power for ski lifts is tested to insure that it
is operational and can be used to unload a chair lift in the
event of power outage or other emergency. An auxiliary power
source diminishes the risk of stranding passengers above the
- Personnel who operate ski lifts are required to be trained
on emergency evacuation procedures for chair lifts each year.
These personnel must have a means of communicating from the
top attendant to the bottom attendant.
- All ropeways must be clear of trees or other obstructions.
- Instructional and safety signs must be present and legible.
Loading and/or unloading areas are inspected for layout and
Through these annual inspections, the Safety and Buildings division
promotes a safe ski season for Wisconsinís residents and visitors.
For more information, contact Henry Kosarzycki at (262) 548-8615.
-- Tim Condon and Henry Kosarzycki
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