Jackson resort requires some workers wear helmets
JACKSON, Wyo. – Some Jackson Hole Mountain Resort employees will be required to wear ski helmets after last season’s death of a resort ski patroller who had no head protection.
Resort officials on Wednesday announced a new helmet policy reached after negotiations with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
OSHA had issued the ski resort a citation after ski patroller Kathryn Miller died in March in a fall while on duty in the backcountry near the resort. Miller was not wearing a helmet.
The new policy requires resort employees to wear helmets, provided by the resort, only while working and only in terrain parks, in the halfpipe and in the backcountry. It goes into effect opening day on Saturday.
“Our employees are by far our most valuable asset, and therefore we are committed to creating and maintaining a safe work environment for them,” resort President Jerry Blann said in a statement.
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Jackson Hole’s policy will mostly affect backcountry guides, patrollers who leave the res