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Ski resort charged over avalanche death

Published torsdag 13 november 2014 kl 10.29
A sign warning of a risk for avalanches at the Idre Fjäll winter resort. Photo: Nisse Schmidt / TT.
A sign warning of a risk for avalanches at the Idre Fjäll winter resort. Photo: Nisse Schmidt / TT.

Prosecutors have leveled charges against a ski resort in west-central Sweden after an employee died in an avalanche while on a routine check of the slopes in 2012.

Swedish Radio News reports the Tänndalen ski resort is facing charges of criminal manslaughter and bodily harm after two of its workers were swept up in a 200-meter wide avalanche.

Both were sent out to check the slopes for avalanche risks. Though one was able to free themself, the other employee was found dead some 40 minutes after the avalanche struck.

Prosecutor Christer Jarlås alleged that the employees did not have enough training and safety equipment to protect them in case of an avalanche. He told Swedish Radio the case will have implications for other ski resorts regardless of the outcome.

"It's a serious signal and I think we all agree that whether someone is convicted or not, this kind of thing should not happen," he said.

A lawyer for the resort's owner, Hamrafjället's Lift AB, denied any wrongdoing and the head of the Swedish Ski Lift Association Elisabet Jansson Strömberg said the fatal accident has served as an eye opener for the industry, which has since boosted safety measures when it comes to avalanches.

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