Skiers face safety crackdown after tragedies
2 January 2006, MADRID — Tough new safety rules to stop skiing accidents may be about to be brought in as Spain enters the height of the downhill slope season.
2 January 2006
MADRID — Tough new safety rules to stop skiing accidents may be about to be brought in as Spain enters the height of the downhill slope season.
The Socialist Party has proposed a series of measures which are currently before the Senate or upper house of parliament.
They are designed to stop a repeat of a recent spate of accidents caused by little more than stupidity and inexperience.
Twenty people have been killed in the Sierra Nevada in Andalucia in the past year.
In the most recent tragedy, a student from Barcelona fell 1,000 metres from a precipice, partly because he was wearing training shoes.
Three Dutch tourists froze to death after walking in sandals in temperatures below zero.
The Mountain Rescue Service carried out more than 200 operations in the past five years in the Sierra Nevada alone.
Manuel Pezzi, a Socialist senator, is behind the proposals.
They include making children under 14 wear helmets, having signs at each slope indicating how difficult they were, and making workers at each slope double up as safety guards.
Another measure would oblige all skiers to be covered by insurance for 'any eventuality'.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news