Thursday, January 27, 2011

ORDA worker injured at Whiteface Mountain

An employee of the state Olympic Regional Development Authority was injured earlier this week while performing maintenance on a ski lift at Whiteface Mountain.

ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin says the worker was attempting to restart the chair lift at Kids Kampus when the accident occurred at about 10:15 a.m. Monday.

According to reports, the lift had malfunctioned and crews were using a standby, auxiliary engine to help unload a pair of skiers and two instructors from the top of the lift.

In doing so, the employee – which ORDA declined to identify – was struck by a chain.

The individual was treated by medical personnel at the mountain and subsequently airlifted to the Fletcher Allen Health Care Center in Burlington, Vermont for further treatment.

Ted Blazer is president and CEO of ORDA.

“Our thoughts are with the employee,” he said in a prepared statement. “We are hopeful for a full recovery.”

Lundin says an investigation into the cause of the accident is now under way.

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