The Toledo office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has opened an investigation following two major incidents involving lift personal at Clear Fork Ski Resort located in Butler, OH.
In the first incident an employee lost an arm while operating a magic carpet lift at the resort.
Ski Area Employee Loses Arm in “Magic Carpet” Accident – Russell Watts, an employee of Clear Fork ski area, lost his arm on November 20, 2012 while working on the ski area’s conveyor / “magic carpet” lift. Watts was installing the new surface lift at Clear Fork for their new 10-lane tubing park when his arm became entangled in the machinery. As a result, Mr. Watts arm was torn from his body at the shoulder. Watts was then airlifted to Akron General Hospital, where he was admitted to the ICU in serious condition.
The second incident occurred this past Saturday at around 6 p.m. Lift employee Carla Weatherby was flown to Grant Medical Center, in Columbus, after sustaining serious injuries while working. The details surrounding the incident are not known.