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Inspection: 316515477 - Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Sacramento

Nr: 316515477Report ID: 0950621Open Date: 12/26/2012

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, Llc
2600 Alpine Meadows Rd
Tahoe City, CA 96145
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7011/Hotels and Motels
NAICS: 721110/Hotels (except Casino Hotels) and Motels
Mailing: P.O. Box 2007, Olympic Valley, CA 96146

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:05/16/2013
Close Case:04/20/2015

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102682705    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $24,750 $0 $0 $375 $0 $25,125
Current Penalty $20,000 $0 $0 $375 $0 $20,375
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 5248 A 05/20/2013 05/30/2013 $375 $375 $0 -
  2. 02001 Serious 3203 A04 05/20/2013 06/24/2013 $6,000 $6,750 $0 06/22/2013 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 03001 Serious 5357 B 05/20/2013 06/24/2013 $14,000 $18,000 $0 06/22/2013 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202493664Event: 12/24/2012Employee Caught In Avalanche Later Dies
At approximately 10:45 a.m. on December 24, 2012, Employee #1 and two coworkers were on avalanche control and tossed hand charges in new locations higher up the mountain than normal due to a heavier snow accumulation. Employee #1 and his coworkers spaced themselves about 50 feet apart down the mountain. The two higher crewmembers ignited charges simultaneously set the charges, thinking they were in a safe location, and did not seek a position behind a pre-selected terrain barrier. The blasts broke off a large slab with the fracture cutting across and behind Employee #1 catching him in the avalanche. Employee #1 traveled several hundred ft over the edge and down the gully before hitting trees and getting buried. Employee #1 was found within minutes, dug out, but was unconscious, with no pulse, multiple head, spine, and lung injuries. The team began CPR on him, then he was air lifted to a local medical center, where he died six hours later.
Keywords: avalanche, fracture, head, lung, spine, health care facility, explosion, tree
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 316515477 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

Inspection: 311862544 - Squaw Valley Ski Corp

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Sacramento

Nr: 311862544Report ID: 0950621Open Date: 03/04/2009

Squaw Valley Ski Corp
1960 Squaw Valley Rd
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7011/Hotels and Motels
NAICS: 721110/Hotels (except Casino Hotels) and Motels
Mailing: P.O. Box 2007, Olypmic Valley, CA 96146

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/12/2009
Close Case:09/14/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102512969    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious LC6305 B 10/14/2009 11/02/2009 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202488250Event: 03/03/2009Employee Dies After Being Caught In An Avalanche
On March 3, 2009, Employee #1, a ski patroller, was positioned in a presumed safe spot on a ridge, 100 feet from the location of a hand placed explosive charge by his coworker. When the charge exploded, a slab of snow broke free and zippered up the ridge above Employee #1, catching him in an avalanche. He dropped 300 feet vertically, and 900 feet horizontally, through the trees before being found by his coworker, conscious and alert, but with broken ribs, hip, leg and internal injuries. He was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital and then to Renown Medical Center in Reno, where he died later that day.
Keywords: avalanche, fracture, explosives, skiing, caught by, crushed, rib, hip, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 311862544 Fatality Other Recreation workers

Inspection: 125837492 - Heavenly

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Sacramento

Nr: 125837492Report ID: 0950621Open Date: 03/05/1999

Heavenly
3860 Saddle Rd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7011/Hotels and Motels
Mailing: P.O. Box 2180, Stateline, NV 89448

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/05/1999
Close Case:01/28/2000

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361500721    
 Accident361503402    

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170869135Event: 02/07/1999Ski Patrol Member Injured When Caught In Avalanche
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on February 7, 1999, Employee #1, a ski patrol member at the Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe, CA, was working with an avalanche control team. The team had thrown some explosive charges and were skiing away across an open area when an avalanche occurred. Employee #1 became caught in the rushing snow and was carried between 800 and 1,000 ft downhill, landing in a tree. He was immediately attended to by other members of the team, put on a sled, and taken to the hospital. He sustained a fractured right femur and torn ligaments in both knees.
Keywords: avalanche, knee, fracture, skiing, fall, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125837492 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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