Tannersville, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier today joined dozens of skilled electricians, mechanics, installers and service technicians at Camelback Mountain Resort in the Poconos for the first in-person Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA) lift maintenance seminar since 2019.
The annual gathering, which brings together professionals responsible for the maintenance and safety of ski lifts across Pennsylvania, provides an opportunity for knowledge sharing and cross-training with support from L&I industry experts who apply the safety standards for lifts and cable cars throughout the Commonwealth.
“I couldn’t be happier to see these professionals gathered at the base of a mountain in the Poconos 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 27 organizations and instructors with certificates of recognition for their development, presentation and participation as seminar instructors.
A second seminar will be offered on Tuesday, June 14 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Somerset County. PSAA member stations can send maintenance professionals to the two-day seminars free of charge.
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