Fatal Gondola Maintenance Accident in Switzerland

One worker was killed and six were injured this morning while performing maintenance work on an eight passenger gondola at the Swiss ski resort Engelberg-Titlis.  The three most seriously hurt were transported to the hospital by helicopter.  Cabins were not on the line and no guests were involved.  The lift, called Engelberg-Trübsee, was built by Garaventa in 2015 and is operated by Bergbahnen Engelberg-Trübsee-Titlis AG.

Nineteen people were working on a routine haul rope splicing project at the time of the accident.  The man who lost his life had worked for the resort firm for over 20 years.  “It’s the darkest day in our company’s history,” said Chairman of the Board Hans Wicki at a press conference.  “The deceased had many years of experience with maintenance and loved the work,” he continued.

Doppelmayr-Garaventa annual book entry for the Engelberg-Trübsee gondola lift, left.

An investigation into the accident will be performed by the Forensic Science Institute Zurich and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research.

3 thoughts on “Fatal Gondola Maintenance Accident in Switzerland

  1. Larry Wollum June 5, 2019 / 7:40 am

    Looks like they were in the middle of a splice. There are several tails that are not tucked in yet. Some rigging let go, according to the various accounts.
    The mention several times that it is a dangerous job. No kidding; there’s just a lot of potential energy just waiting to pounce on a weak link somewhere.

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  2. Rene Thoeni June 5, 2019 / 12:37 pm

    The accident occurred while the work crew was in the process to shorten the Gondola haul rope. Further details are not jet available yet. However the Gondola will be back in operation for the weekend, meaning that there was no damage to the haul rope.


  3. Chris June 5, 2019 / 1:12 pm

    Just in April a worker got killed during rope works in Korinthia, and the arial tram remains closed since. Not a good year to be a lift mechanic..


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