Chair lifts are safer than elevators and cars

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Chair lifts are safer than elevators and cars

Postby John2 » Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:12 pm

When chair lifts fail to operate properly, they make news, especially if a reporter from CNN just happens to be on the scene:

http://blog.nj.com/skiing/2011/02/sugar ... rlift.html

There is a certain "OMG" quality when people have to be evacuated off a chair lift, or worse, when a failure with a lift system causes people to fall to the ground.

Yet they're remarkably safe, says Roger Leo, writing here:

http://www.onthesnow.com/news/a/16508/h ... -elevators

Here's an excerpt: "There's a greater likelihood of getting hurt on an escalator than on a ski lift."

Failures in ski lifts gain attention for two reasons. The first is that they are so rare. The second is that, aside from making sure you refrain from stupid things such as rocking back and forth on the chair, you have no control over the safety of a lift. While driving a car, on the other hand, you have some measure of control over what happens--meaning that it's easy to overestimate the safety record of cars.
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