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Technical Safety BC: Importance of Daily Passenger Ropeways Checks

Recent events at the Sea to Sky Gondola has reminded us all about the importance of daily pre-operation checks before a passenger ropeway or passenger conveyor goes into public operation.

Pre-operation checks ensure that the ropeway or conveyor is safe to operate, and confirm that no damage occurred while the ropeway was out of operation. Examples include but are not limited to:
  • a tree has fallen on the lift line overnight
  • a landside or debris torrent has affected the towers’ foundations
  • someone has tampered with parts of the ropeway or conveyor
  • objects are in the carrier’s path at the return station
  • ropeway or conveyor components have been hit by a snow cat or a snow cat’s winch cable.
  • Icing was caused by the environment or snowmaking system.
The CSA Z98-14 Safety Standard for Passenger Ropeways and Passenger Conveyors (Clause 12.4 and 12.4.1)  mandates that inspections be completed daily. Clause 12.4.1 lists what must be checked in addition to any manufacturer’s inspection requirements.

Clause 12.14 and 13.18 details how these inspections must be documented.. Annex C of the CSA Z98-14 gives an example of what items must be recorded.

Contractors must have a copy of the CSA Z98-14 onsite and available for all relevant ropeway staff to review.

For more information visit www.technicalsafetybc.ca

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