Chair falls to ground in Thredbo chairlift incident today, injures three

The fallen chair in a bystander video sent to media.

A chair has fallen from the Kosciuszko Chairlift today at Thredbo, injuring three guests. The incident happened close to the top station near Eagles Nest.

Two women were treated for back injuries and a male for face injuries by paramedics at the scene.

Thredbo has released a statement.

Thredbo can confirm there was an isolated incident affecting a single chair on Kosciuszko Chairlift at approximately 2:20pm on Saturday 19 August 2023 caused by a freak gust of wind.  There were no major injuries caused, and the three guests involved are being looked after by the team. No other guests or chairs were affected. 

Thredbo is committed to the safety of our guests and our people. The incident is currently being thoroughly investigated by SafeWork NSW and an independent engineer. 

Thredbo assures guests that their safety is paramount and that we will continue to apply our high standards of safety and risk management.

The Bureau of Meteorology reported high winds in Thredbo this afternoon, up to 65km per hour.

This is the second chair incident due to freak wind at Thredbo after a chair fell in 2019 from the Gunbarrel Express 

More to come.

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