Cal/OSHA Fines Squaw Valley Over Ski Patroller Death

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Squaw Valley, California – On January 24, 2017, Squaw Valley ski patroller Joe Zuiches was killed while using explosives during avalanche control work at the ski area. Six months later, after through investigations, the California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health “cited and fined Squaw Valley Ski Holdings for violating two workplace safety codes” ( The fines total $20,250.

Squaw Valley was cited for the following (

  1. “failing to correct an identified unsafe working condition by implementing a procedure for protection against the workplace hazards associated with hang cord entanglement during hang cord blasting operations.” Fine: $11,250.
  2. “failing to ensure that all crew members maintained visual contact or awareness of physical location of crew members at all times during avalanche control activities” Fine: $9,000.

At this point, Squaw Valley has appealed the citations.

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