OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — State workplace safety officials have fined a California ski resort in the death of a ski patroller who was killed while using explosives to control avalanches.
KRNV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2vSlIyt ) 42-year-old Squaw Valley Ski Resort patroller Joe Zuiches died in January while working avalanche control.
California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health concluded the resort failed to correct unsafe conditions and make sure patrol members were within eyesight of each other.
Authorities have said Zuiches was carrying explosives as part of two, two-men teams working to reduce the threat of a natural avalanche when the explosion happened.
The ski resort was fined a total of $20,250.