Passenger Ropeways

 

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Certificate Of Operation

Fee Schedule - Effective September 1, 2013

Type of Device Fees GST SCC Fee Total Fee
Chairlift
Detachable 4 $971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1,080.00
Detachable 6 $971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1,080.00
Single $847.62 $42.38 $60.00 $950.00
Fixed 2 Double $847.62 $42.38 $60.00 $950.00
Fixed 3 Triple $847.62 $42.38 $60.00 $950.00
Fixed 4 Quad $847.62 $42.38 $60.00 $950.00
Conveyors
$271.43 $13.57 $60.00 $345.00
Double Reversible Ropeway
$971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1080.00
Gondola
Detachable 2 $971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1080.00
Detachable 4 $971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1080.00
Detachable 6 $971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1080.00
Detachable 8 $971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1080.00
Fixes $847.62 $42.38 $60.00 $950.00
Rope Tow
Fibre Rope $271.43 $13.57 $60.00 $345.00
Wire Rope $271.43 $13.57 $60.00 $345.00
Single Reversible Ropeway $971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1080.00
Ski Tow
J-Bar $657.14 $32.86 $60.00 $750.00
Platter Lift $657.14 $32.86 $60.00 $750.00
T-Bar $657.14 $32.86 $60.00 $750.00
Wire/Secondary Carrier $271.43 $13.57 $60.00 $354.00
 

The hourly rate for inspections done in respect of Certificate of Operation is: $ 135.00/hr + GST.

Certificate Of Construction Fees

Fee Schedule - Effective September 1, 2013

Detachable, Reversible Aerial Ropeways $1320.00 + GST
Fixed Gripped Gondolas, Chair Lifts $880.00 + GST
T-Bars1 J-Bars, Platter Lifts $440.00 + GST
Rope Tows (unique design) $440.00 + GST
Rope Tows (standard manufacturer’s design) $440.00 + GST
Conveyors $440.00 + GST

The hourly rate for inspection for New or Altered Passenger Ropeways is: $ 135.00 + GST.

Certificates Of Alteration Fees

The Fee for a Certificate of Alteration with respect to passenger ropeways shall be the same as the fees stated under Certificates of Construction Fees.

Initial Inspection Fee

The fee for initial inspection will be $135.00 plus GST per hour per Safety Codes Officer assigned to the initial inspection.Travel time will be at the rate of $100.00 per hour (plus GST) plus travel expenses incurred at the current rate of AEDARSA’s subsistence allowances (i.e. hotel accommodations, mileage, meals, etc).

In-Service Inspection Fees

The fee for an in-service inspection will be $135.00 plus GST per hour per Safety Codes Officer assigned to the inspection. The Certificate of Operation fees cover travel expenses for the first in-service inspection performed each year per device; however, travel time and expenses will be charged for each subsequent in-service inspection.

Fees For Inspection Beyond Regular Working Hours

(8 hrs/day, 40 hrs/wk) and Statutory Holidays Inspections performed during regular overtime hours (on non-statutory holidays) are 1.5 times the regular hourly rate plus GST per hour per Safety Codes Officer assigned to the inspection plus travel expenses. Inspections performed on statutory holidays are 2 times the regular hourly rate plus GST per hour per Safety Codes Officer assigned to the inspection plus travel expenses.

Accident Investigation Fee

The fee for accident investigation will be $135.00 plus GST per hour per Safety Codes Officer assigned to the accident investigation. Travel time will be at the rate of $100.00 per hour (plus GST) plus travel expenses incurred at the rate of AEDARSA’s subsistence allowances (i.e. hotel accommodations, mileage, meals, etc). NOTE: AEDARSA may waive the fee for an accident investigation.

Special Inspection Fees

The fee for a special inspection performed on behalf of the owner when:

  • requested by the owner
  • there is a failure to comply with an inspection request
  • confirmation of an identified deficiency has been corrected is required will be $135.00 plus GST per hour per Safety Codes Officer assigned to the inspection.

Travel time will be at the rate of $100.00 per hour (plus GST) plus travel expenses incurred at the rate of AEDARSA’s subsistence allowances (i.e. hotel accommodations, mileage, meals, etc).

Interest Charges On Overdue Accounts

Payment terms on all invoices issued by AEDARSA are NET 30 days. An interest rate of 18% per annum (or 1.5% monthly) may be charged on overdue accounts.

Other Fees

Record Searches Fee: $100.00 plus GST per device to a maximum of $500.00 plus GST

Fee Increases

Fees may be adjusted by the Alberta Elevating Devices and Amusement Rides Board of Directors, provided that increases do not exceed the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Province of Alberta as published by Statistics Canada since the last fee increase.

Certificate Of Operation

Fee Schedule - Effective September 1, 2013

Type of Device Fees GST SCC Fee Total Fee
Chairlift
Detachable 4 $971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1,080.00
Detachable 6 $971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1,080.00
Single $847.62 $42.38 $60.00 $950.00
Fixed 2 Double $847.62 $42.38 $60.00 $950.00
Fixed 3 Triple $847.62 $42.38 $60.00 $950.00
Fixed 4 Quad $847.62 $42.38 $60.00 $950.00
Conveyors
$271.43 $13.57 $60.00 $345.00
Double Reversible Ropeway
$971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1080.00
Gondola
Detachable 2 $971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1080.00
Detachable 4 $971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1080.00
Detachable 6 $971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1080.00
Detachable 8 $971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1080.00
Fixes $847.62 $42.38 $60.00 $950.00
Rope Tow
Fibre Rope $271.43 $13.57 $60.00 $345.00
Wire Rope $271.43 $13.57 $60.00 $345.00
Single Reversible Ropeway $971.43 $48.57 $60.00 $1080.00
Ski Tow
J-Bar $657.14 $32.86 $60.00 $750.00
Platter Lift $657.14 $32.86 $60.00 $750.00
T-Bar $657.14 $32.86 $60.00 $750.00
Wire/Secondary Carrier $271.43 $13.57 $60.00 $354.00
 

The hourly rate for inspections done in respect of Certificate of Operation is: $ 135.00/hr + GST.

Certificate Of Construction Fees

Fee Schedule - Effective September 1, 2013

Detachable, Reversible Aerial Ropeways $1320.00 + GST
Fixed Gripped Gondolas, Chair Lifts $880.00 + GST
T-Bars1 J-Bars, Platter Lifts $440.00 + GST
Rope Tows (unique design) $440.00 + GST
Rope Tows (standard manufacturer’s design) $440.00 + GST
Conveyors $440.00 + GST

The hourly rate for inspection for New or Altered Passenger Ropeways is: $ 135.00 + GST.

Certificates Of Alteration Fees

The Fee for a Certificate of Alteration with respect to passenger ropeways shall be the same as the fees stated under Certificates of Construction Fees.

Initial Inspection Fee

The fee for initial inspection will be $135.00 plus GST per hour per Safety Codes Officer assigned to the initial inspection.Travel time will be at the rate of $100.00 per hour (plus GST) plus travel expenses incurred at the current rate of AEDARSA’s subsistence allowances (i.e. hotel accommodations, mileage, meals, etc).

In-Service Inspection Fees

The fee for an in-service inspection will be $135.00 plus GST per hour per Safety Codes Officer assigned to the inspection. The Certificate of Operation fees cover travel expenses for the first in-service inspection performed each year per device; however, travel time and expenses will be charged for each subsequent in-service inspection.

Fees For Inspection Beyond Regular Working Hours

(8 hrs/day, 40 hrs/wk) and Statutory Holidays Inspections performed during regular overtime hours (on non-statutory holidays) are 1.5 times the regular hourly rate plus GST per hour per Safety Codes Officer assigned to the inspection plus travel expenses. Inspections performed on statutory holidays are 2 times the regular hourly rate plus GST per hour per Safety Codes Officer assigned to the inspection plus travel expenses.

Accident Investigation Fee

The fee for accident investigation will be $135.00 plus GST per hour per Safety Codes Officer assigned to the accident investigation. Travel time will be at the rate of $100.00 per hour (plus GST) plus travel expenses incurred at the rate of AEDARSA’s subsistence allowances (i.e. hotel accommodations, mileage, meals, etc). NOTE: AEDARSA may waive the fee for an accident investigation.

Special Inspection Fees

The fee for a special inspection performed on behalf of the owner when:

  • requested by the owner
  • there is a failure to comply with an inspection request
  • confirmation of an identified deficiency has been corrected is required will be $135.00 plus GST per hour per Safety Codes Officer assigned to the inspection.

Travel time will be at the rate of $100.00 per hour (plus GST) plus travel expenses incurred at the rate of AEDARSA’s subsistence allowances (i.e. hotel accommodations, mileage, meals, etc).

Interest Charges On Overdue Accounts

Payment terms on all invoices issued by AEDARSA are NET 30 days. An interest rate of 18% per annum (or 1.5% monthly) may be charged on overdue accounts.

Other Fees

Record Searches Fee: $100.00 plus GST per device to a maximum of $500.00 plus GST

Fee Increases

Fees may be adjusted by the Alberta Elevating Devices and Amusement Rides Board of Directors, provided that increases do not exceed the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Province of Alberta as published by Statistics Canada since the last fee increase.

View the Common Directives Listing for Passenger Ropeways in the pdf below.

 Common Directives Listing – Passenger Ropeways

NOTICE – Lock Out/Tag Out Procedures for Working in and around Passenger Ropeways

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ALBERTA REGULATION 190/2008

PASSENGER ROPEWAYS AND PASSENGER CONVEYORS STANDARDS REGULATION

Safety Codes Act – Effective December 1, 2008

Interpretation

For the purposes of the Act and this Regulation, a passenger conveyor is designated as an elevating device.

Declaration of Standard in force

CSA Standard Z98-07, Passenger Ropeways and Passenger Conveyors is declared in force in respect of passenger ropeways and passenger conveyors.

Variations

Despite any note or other text in CSA Standard Z98-07, Passenger Ropeways and Passenger Conveyors, the Standard is varied by declaring Annexes A, C, D, E, F, G, H, J and K and any references to those annexes in the Standard as mandatory.

Paramountcy

If there is a conflict between CSA Standard Z98-07, Passenger Ropeways and Passenger Conveyors as declared in force in this Regulation and the Elevating Devices, Passenger Ropeways and Amusement Rides Permit Regulation (AR 286/2002), that Regulation prevails over the Standard.

Disclaimer

CSA Standard Z98-07, Passenger Ropeways and Passenger Conveyors and any codes or standards referenced in the Standard, do not make or imply any assurance or guarantee by the Crown in right of Alberta with respect to the life expectancy, durability or operating performance of equipment or materials referenced in the Standard or codes or standards referenced in the Standard.

Repeal

The Passenger Ropeways Standards Regulation (AR 3/2002) is repealed.

Expiry

For the purpose of ensuring that this Regulation is reviewed for ongoing relevancy and necessity, with the option that it may be repassed in its present or an amended form following a review, this Regulation expires on February 28, 2016.

Coming into force

This Regulation comes into force on December 1, 2008.

September 27, 2004 PR SAFETY NOTICE

Important Safety Notice: Operation of Work Carriers

Due to an unfortunate accident involving a work carrier that resulted in a workers death, AEDARSA is issuing the following Safety Notice.

AEDARSA requests that all passenger ropeway owners review their procedures for work carrier operation. This should include but not be limited to CSA Z98 Safety Standard for Passenger Ropeways and Conveyors requirements for work carriers, Alberta Occupational Health & Safety requirements, manufacturer’s requirements, and any site specific requirements.

The CSA Z98 Appendix B deals with Procedures for Work Carriers, this is a non mandatory part of the CSA Z98 in Alberta but it can be used as a guide line for establishing work carrier procedures at you area. Clause 11.19.1 of the CSA Z98 lists the requirements for Written Safety Procedures; use of work carriers is one of the items listed in this clause and that these procedures should be posted at the ropeway attendant stations. Clause 11.2 of the CSA Z98 concerns training of operational and maintenance personal. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that all operational and maintenance personal are trained in the safe use and operation of work carriers.

Owners are also required to follow any manufacturer’s requirements for the operation and use of work carriers. Manufacturer’s requirements would include maximum capacity of work carrier (weight and number of people), any special requirements for entering and exiting ropeway terminals (e.g. hand rails lowered), safe position personal must be located at when work carrier is in motion (e.g. on lower platform), maximum allowed speed on line and in terminals, and any other special requirements for operating work carriers.

During the 2004-2005 inspections AEDARSA will be reviewing work carrier procedures at all area’s that use work carriers as part of their maintenance program, this will include written procedures, operator and maintenance training, and documentation of training.

If you have any comments or concerns relating to this Safety Notice please contact AEDARSA Edmonton office.

Dave Looney

Safety Codes Officer

March 24, 2004 PR SAFETY NOTICE

Important Safety Notice Concerning the Transportation of Explosives on Passenger Ropeways

File #5735, 5737, and 5738.

It has come to the attention of AEDARSA that some passenger ropeway operators may be transporting explosives on their ropeways when they are open to the public.

AEDARSA reminds everyone of the requirements of Clause 11.6.11 of the CSA Z98-01 Safety Standard for Passenger Ropeways and Conveyors. Item (b) of this clause states, that explosives shall not be transported when passengers are on the ropeway. This has been a requirement of the CSA Z98 since the 1996 version of the Standard was published. The CSA Z98-96 was adopted in Alberta on November 1, 1997.

Effective immediately the above requirements of the CSA Z98 must be followed.

Prior to the start of the 2004-2005 operating season, AEDARSA will be checking with all operators that use explosives as part of their operation to ensure that they are complying with this important safety requirement.

AEDARSA will also request that you have a written policy relating to transportation of explosives on ropeways. This policy will ensure all staff involved in the transportation of explosives on ropeways be properly trained and made aware of their responsibilities under the CSA Z98 Safety Standard and Alberta Workplace Health and Safety.

Could you please review this Safety Notice with the appropriate staff at your area and contact AEDARSA if you have concerns or questions.

If you have any questions pertaining to this newsletter your nearest AEDARSA office can provide assistance.

Dave Looney

Safety Codes Officer #111108

April 28, 2003 PR SAFETY NOTICE

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE to OWNERS and OPERATORS of DOPPELMAYR SURFACE LIFTS

Our file: 5737-0 & 5738-0

RE: Dismantling, inspection and overhaul of Doppelmayr surface lift sheave assemblies.

This notice is the result of the failure of a suspension axle on a Doppelmayr T-Bar 2D/2T Type BC sheave assembly; the failure of this axle allowed part of the assembly to fall to the ground.

Z98 CODE REQUIREMENT

Clause 11.21 of the CSA-Z98-01 Code for Passenger Ropeways requires that manufacturer’s maintenance procedures be followed. On November 24, 1998, Doppelmayr issued a Supplementary Operating and Service Manual for surface lifts. Section 15 (page 39) deals with the overhaul of lift components. Item 15.5 states all sheave assemblies must be dismantled, inspected and overhauled after 10 years or 15,000 hours of operation.

REQUIRED ACTION

If you have not overhauled your sheave assemblies within the last 10 years or 15,000 operating hours, you will be required to meet this maintenance requirement before the start of the 2003-2004 operating season. Please ensure all work relating to this overhaul is recorded in your maintenance logs.

Feel free to contact AEDARSA Edmonton office if you have any questions about this safety notice. Please contact Doppelmayr Lifts directly (250-765-3000) if you do not have a copy of their Supplementary Operating and Service Manuals for Surface Lifts.

Sincerely,

Dave Looney

Safety Codes Officer

April 23, 2003 PR SAFETY NOTICE

Our File: 5737-0 & 5738-0

RE: VISUAL EXAMINATION OF ROPES AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.

This notice is a result of a serious incident on an above surface lift operating in another province where the counterweight rope failed causing the tension carriage to pass beyond the front mechanical stops and the bull wheel to swing down.

Z98 CODE REQUIREMENT

Clause 11.27.3 of the CSA-Z98-01 Code for Passenger Ropeways requires that the whole length of ropes, including counterweight ropes and guys, and all connections be visually examined at intervals not exceeding 1 year or 2000 hours, whichever comes first.

INTERPRETATION

To fully meet the intent of clause 11.27.3 where portions of ropes are engaged with sheaves or other equipment and not normally visible, the equipment must be dismantled or otherwise manipulated to enable visual examination the full circumference of the rope over its whole length. In the case of counterweight ropes, lifts will have to be de-tensioned and the rope removed.

REQUIRED ACTION

Prior to the start of the 2003-2004 operating season a complete visual examination of counterweight ropes and all associated equipment must be completed ON ALL SURFACE AND ABOVE SURFACE LIFTS equipped with counterweight ropes.

NOTE: Associated equipment would include but not be limited to end connections, anchor points, cable clips, tensioning devices and rope sheaves.

Once this examination is completed, please complete a rope Nondestructive Test Report (sample copy in Appendix E of CSA-Z98-01,) and forward a copy to AEDARSA and Add a copy to your maintenance records.

POSSIBLE FUTURE MEASURES

AEDARSA will be working with the Alberta Safety Codes Council and the Technical Committee for the CSA Z98 Passenger Ropeways Code to review the inspection requirements of counterweight ropes and you will be advised of any changes to this examination requirement.

Feel free to contact AEDARSA Edmonton office if you have any questions about this safety notice. If you are unsure of to how to safely de-tension your lift and/or examine your counterweight rope, please contact your lift manufacturer or a qualified repair company.

Sincerely,

Dave Looney, Safety Codes Officer

May 15, 2002 PR SAFETY ADVISORY

RE: Securing Passenger Ropeways Against Access by Unauthorized Riders

SAFETY ADVISORY To Alberta Owners/Operators of Passenger Ropeways

Safety issues discussed at the Passenger Ropeways Technical Council meeting on April 11, 2002 included incidents that occurred when persons (hikers etc.) loaded themselves onto lifts that were running for maintenance purposes but not open for customers. In the cases discussed, the lifts were closed for the season.

It was decided that Alberta’s passenger ropeway owners should be made aware of this potentially hazardous situation so that they can manage their responsibilities in this regard through implementing preventive actions most suitable to their area.

Options to address this issue were considered such as mandatory posting of appropriate warning signs at or near loading and unloading terminals, posting attendants at key locations and lift line checks by maintenance staff during off season procedures. However, in the final analysis this issue doesn’t relate to safety issues that are typically dealt with by the Z98 code or the council. That is, the operation of lifts for public transportation/recreation. Additionally, any one of the solutions discussed might not be suitable for all ski areas and all possible solutions may not be necessary for all ski areas.

If you feel the council should take more affirmative action regarding this issue please forward your suggestions to the Chair of the Passenger Ropeways Technical Council at the following address:

Safety Codes Council
Suite 800
10707 – 100 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3M1

attn: John Ogilvy, Chair

Passenger Ropeways Technical Council

R.J. (Rod) Karen

Director, Technical Services

If you have any questions pertaining to this newsletter your nearest AEDARSA office can provide assistance.

March 19, 2002 PR NOTICE

NOTICE to Elevating Device, Passenger Ropeway, Amusement Ride Owners, Operators and Contractors regarding REPORTING ACCIDENTS/INCIDENTS

This is a reminder to owners and/or their agents that under THE SAFETY CODES ACT must report accidents/incidents involving their elevating devices, passenger ropeways and amusement rides that results in death or serious injury to a person or damage to equipment.

The goal of this notice is to promote reporting of accidents/incidents in a more timely and consistent manner and to assist us in our effort to identify accident/incident causes and prevent recurrences. To that end we request that owners/agents report all fatal, serious and serious equipment damage accidents/incidents immediately (by telephone). See below for further instructions/clarifications.

IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. Reports by phone may be made to any AEDARSA office. After hours emergency service is available
  2. When a fatal or serious injury accident/incident occurs, the equipment and the accident/incident scene should be secured (no evidence moved or disturbed) from any access except that which is necessary for the immediate medical needs of injured persons or to prevent possible injuries to others. Otherwise, clearance must be obtained from the Safety Codes Officer receiving the immediate report before releasing the equipment and the accident/incident scene.
  3. It is historically proven that minor injuries and even near misses can be a result of serious equipment problems. We therefore request that owners also report “Minor” injury accidents/incidents (see interpretations) for evaluation by AEDARSA with a view to further investigation as may be necessary.
  4. When a company is contracted to perform maintenance functions on behalf of the owner, as is common practice in the elevator industry, the maintenance contractor becomes an agent of the owner with respect to the equipment they maintain. As such, they also bear a responsibility to report accidents/incidents involving equipment they maintain.
  5. Following the report by telephone, a written report (AEDARSA report forms available) is to be forwarded by fax or mail as early as possible.

INTERPRETATIONS

Accident/Incident

- An occurrence which as a result of a persons use of or contact with an elevating device or amusement ride or passenger ropeway results in death or injury; and
- A malfunction or failure of equipment that results in serious equipment damage or that could have resulted in an injury or both

ACCIDENT/INCIDENT CATEGORIES

Fatal

Where an accident/incident results in the death of a human being.

Serious
Where an accident/incident has resulted in bodily injury such that injured person(s) require medical treatment or hospitalization. Where it is apparent that future complications to injured person(s) may arise, as a result of the accident/incident, the accident/incident should be considered serious.

Minor
Where an accident/incident results in bodily injury that requires minor medical attention.

Serious Equipment Damage
Where an elevating device or amusement ride or passenger ropeway is damaged to the extent that significant repairs are required to restore the equipment to design specifications and/or to fully comply with applicable safety standards.

March 11, 2002 PR ADVISOR

THE NEW CSA Z98-01 PASSENGER ROPEWAYS STANDARD GOES INTO EFFECT AS OF MARCH 1ST 2002 UNDER ALBERTA REGULATION 3/2002

To Passenger Ropeway Owners, Manufacturers, Installers, and Consultants of Alberta

Our files: 5736-1, 5737-0, 5738-0 AEDARSA Edmonton AEDARSA Calgary 207, 8616 – 51 Avenue 209, 264 Midpark Way SE Edmonton AB T6E 6E6 Calgary, AB T2X 1J6 Ph: (780) 448 0184 Fax: (780) 448 0237 Ph: (403) 216 5750 Fax: (403) 216 5755

Starting March 1, 2002,

new or altered ropeways must be designed and installed in accord with CSA Z98-01; and
any changes in Section 11 (Inspection, Testing, Operation and Maintenance) become effective for all lifts.

Effected parties should obtain and thoroughly review a copy of the new code for complete details. Copies can be purchased through the Canada West Ski Areas Association or Canadian Standards Association, Etobicoke, Ont. or Edmonton).

Noteworthy Changes in CSA Z98-01

Section 8 Contains requirements pertaining to ropeways for Secondary Carriers (e.g. Tube Tows). Section 11 contains requirements formerly in Section 8

Section 9 Is reserved for future requirements for Belt Tows (conveyors). Section 10 contains requirements formerly in Section 9

Section 3 – General Requirements

Clause

3.11.3 – Minimum machine room lighting changed to 100 lux measured at floor level

3.12.3.2 – Exhaust stacks located up to 2m from the floor must be equipped with guards or heat shields.

3.14.3.2 – Pull tests shall be done on minimum 10% of rock anchors but not less than one rock anchor per location.

3.18.4.3 – Permanent rigging connections for the removal of the haul rope are required at all hold-down sheaves of above-surface ropeways

3.18.5.3 – Guard-rails on tower work platforms must comply with the National Building Code and anchor points for personnel safety must be provided on each platform.

3.27.3.2 – Provides carrier endurance test parameters when operating load data for carriers is not available

3.27.3.5 – In addition to cyclic tests of grip springs, requires recording of spring performance curves during a specified range of the total test cycles

3.29.6.4 – For detachable grip ropeways, manually reset stop pull cords shall be strung adjacent to each station conveyor system. Pull cords shall be red and marked “PULL TO STOP”

3.31.4 – Ropeway communication systems must be dedicated to ropeway operations and not capable of communication to other areas not equipped with operator controls for that ropeway

3.31.5 – Voice communication systems for above surface ropeways must be functional and audible during main or control system power failures and are not considered functional without an audible means to signal a call.

3.31.6 – Ropeway communication systems must be permanently mounted or installed

3.32.1.1 – Sets out information that must be conveyed to users via signage including but not limited to user size, possible medical conditions, other inherent risks, loading and unloading requirements

3.32.1.2 – Signs on tows for secondary carriers must be duplicated and posted so that they may be read by passenger facing uphill and downhill.

3.36.4.2(f) – A procedure and schedule for the periodic testing of service and emergency brakes and antirollback device based on design load

3.36.4.2(g) – Instructions for checking the operation of any PLC system are added to the list of items required in the maintenance manual that the designer of the ropeway must provide.

Section 5 – Circulating Passenger Ropeways

5.6.1 – When any stop function is initiated its brake system(s) is/are required to decelerate the rope between a minimum 0.45 m/s and maximum 1.5 m/s

5.6.2 – The maximum and minimum permissible deceleration rates for emergency brake and service brake acting independently is between a minimum 0.45 m/s and maximum 1.5 m/s

5.6.4 – The deceleration rate of haul rope shall be not greater than 2.0 m/s if loss of power or control malfunction would result in application of one or more braking systems

5.13.1 – Maximum Downhill Loading Speed (former, Maximum Exit Slope from Stations)

“Where the haul rope slopes downward from a detachable station, the designer shall specify the maximum rope speed at which detachable carriers with passengers or a following empty carrier may depart from the station. To prevent open grips from sliding down the haul rope, the maximum stopping distance at this maximum loading speed measured from the last grip check switch shall be not more than 2/3 the length of horizontal rope at the station exit. The type of stop shall be consistent with the outcome of the grip fault.”

Section 6 Surface Passenger Ropeways

6.7.1.1 – One or more service brakes must be provided where necessary and each brake must be applied when the ropeway is stopped

Section 11 – Inspection, Testing, Operation and Maintenance

11.5.1 (c) – Requires one attendant at each end of ropeways using secondary carriers; and
Note (3) For secondary carriers’ one attendant may monitor two unloading stations if the duties on one ropeway do not preclude proper surveillance on the second ropeway

11.6.7 – Persons responsible for ordering use of a bypass circuit must determine if the indicated fault exists, only authorized persons can order a by-pass and by pass must be maintained by continuous physical effort by the operator

11.6.12 – Where the haul rope slopes downward from a detachable station, no person shall be loaded at a haul rope speed that exceeds the maximum speed specified in clause 5.13.1

11.12.1 (j) – an inspection of attachments for secondary carriers (added to items to be included in daily inspections prior to transporting passengers)

11.12.4 (b) – Evacuation and auxiliary drive tests and operation shall be performed with the main power disconnected

11.16.3.4 (c) – Non-metallic evacuation ropes of synthetic polyester fibre or hard-lay nylon must be minimum diameter of 12.7 mm

11.22.2 – Critical components that are replaced, modified or repaired shall conform to the fatigue requirements of clause 3.6

11.25.5 (e) – loss of control or control malfunction (added to items to be included in acceptance tests and inspections)

11.27.5 – Replacement intervals for rope sockets shall be specified by the manufacturer or an engineer

11.30.4 – All tucks of all splices shall be marked

September 27, 2000 PR ADVISORY

REGARDING PERMITS REQUIRED for MAJOR ALTERATIONS OF PASSENGER ROPEWAYS

This advisory is intended to help clarify for the Passenger Ropeways industry when a Certificate of Alteration (permit) must be obtained from AEDARSA in respect of proposed alterations. AEDARSA also wishes to promote awareness of the fact that any alteration should involve appropriate expertise.

Background

Alberta Regulation 177/92 (the Codes and Procedures Regulation) refers to the definition in the passenger ropeways code (Clause 3.2.1 of Z98-1996) to determine what are major alterations; and states that no person shall undertake a major alteration without a certificate of alteration issued by an inspector.

Clause 3.2.1 of CSA standard Z98-96 Passenger Ropeways defines only a few alterations as major alterations. It also states that where a major alteration (listed in 3.2.1) is carried out, the lift shall be treated, as new installation (e.g. must be made to comply with the current code).

Direction for AEDARSA

AEDARSA as the delegated authority can determine which alterations constitute major alterations under Clause 3 of Alberta Regulation 177/92 (see underlined below) which states as follows:

“Major alteration” means a major alteration as defined in a code adopted under this Regulation or an alteration that, in the opinion of an inspector, causes a significant change in either the structural or operational characteristics of the original design of the fixed conveyance as registered with an inspector.

AEDARSA Policy:

  1. Under Alta. Reg. 177/92 an application for certificate of alteration, must be made in respect of proposed major alterations of passenger ropeways; and

    1.1 engineer endorsed plans and specifications respecting the proposed major alteration must be forwarded for acceptance prior to starting a major alteration; and

    1.2 an acceptance inspection must be applied for before returning an altered lift to service.

  2. In accord with;

    2.1 Clause 3.2.1 of the Z98-96 Passenger Ropeways standard, lists Major alterations that these rules apply to; and

    2.2 Under Alta. Reg. 177/92, any alteration to a lift that causes a significant change in either the structural or operational characteristics of the original design will be considered a major alteration.

    e.g. addition, deletion, change in height/location of towers/sheaves/batteries/drive and return terminals, change in type/purpose of towers/sheaves etc, control systems, type or manufacture of carriers (different chairs, effect swing clearance, weight of carriers), capacity decrease, structural or equipment changes relating to capacity decrease etc.

  3. For major alterations other than as listed in clause 3.2.1 of the code, the requirement to upgrade the entire lift to current code may be limited to any portion(s) of the lift directly or indirectly affected by the alteration.
  4. For minor alterations, appropriate engineering and/or manufacturer expertise must be involved in the design and implementation to ensure code compliance and safe operation. If noticed during an inspection, related documentation could be requested for review by an inspector.

If you have any questions pertaining to this newsletter your nearest AEDARSA office can provide assistance.

September 18, 2000 PR SAFETY NOTICE

SAFETY NOTICE TO PASSENGER ROPEWAY OWNERS

To help avoid potential serious accidents or fatalities, AEDARSA would like to remind all passenger ropeway owners and operators of the importance of correct lock out procedures.

The CSA Z98-96 code section 8.19 Maintenance Safety Procedures addresses Written Safety Procedures and Lock out Procedures. All personnel involved in the maintenance and operation of passenger ropeways must be adequately trained in all aspects of lockout procedures.

During the safety inspections of the 2000-2001 season, AEDARSA will be checking to ensure lockout procedures are posted and being followed.

Further AEDARSA would like to recommend the following safety procedure. Signage is posted at all areas where personnel may access bullwheels. This signage could read but not be limited to WARNING BEFORE PROCEEDING ONTO BULLWHEEL ENSURE LOCKOUT IS IN PLACE.

If you have any questions please contact the office nearest you.

September 1, 2000 PR ADVISOR

Notice to Passenger Ropeway Owners

Alberta Elevating Devices and Amusement Ride Safety Association (AEDARSA) would like to remind all passenger ropeway owners and operators of the inspection code in force at this time.

As of November 1, 1997 the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z98-01 Supplements S1-02 & S2-04 No. 1-97 For Passenger Ropeways and Conveyors is the adopted code for the province of Alberta, as per Alberta regulation AR3/2002.

All owners and operators of passenger ropeways are required to have a copy of the CSA Z98-01 Supplements S1-02 & S2-04 No. 1-97 on site.

If you do not have a copy of this code, it maybe obtained by contacting the Canadian Standards Association in Edmonton at 1707 – 94 Street Edmonton, AB T6N 1E6
Phone (780) 450-2111, fax (780) 461-5322 or the CSA web site www.csa-international.org

At this time, the technical committee for the CSA Z-98 code is working on revisions to CSA Z-98. This updated code maybe ready for publication in the near future. AEDARSA will let all passenger ropeway owners know when this has been published and adopted by the province of Alberta.

If you require assistance or any further information please call the office nearest you.

NOTICE – Lock Out/Tag Out Procedures for Working in and around Passenger Ropeways

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ALBERTA REGULATION 190/2008

PASSENGER ROPEWAYS AND PASSENGER CONVEYORS STANDARDS REGULATION

Safety Codes Act - Effective December 1, 2008

Interpretation

For the purposes of the Act and this Regulation, a passenger conveyor is designated as an elevating device.

Declaration of Standard in force

CSA Standard Z98-07, Passenger Ropeways and Passenger Conveyors is declared in force in respect of passenger ropeways and passenger conveyors.

Variations

Despite any note or other text in CSA Standard Z98-07, Passenger Ropeways and Passenger Conveyors, the Standard is varied by declaring Annexes A, C, D, E, F, G, H, J and K and any references to those annexes in the Standard as mandatory.

Paramountcy

If there is a conflict between CSA Standard Z98-07, Passenger Ropeways and Passenger Conveyors as declared in force in this Regulation and the Elevating Devices, Passenger Ropeways and Amusement Rides Permit Regulation (AR 286/2002), that Regulation prevails over the Standard.

Disclaimer

CSA Standard Z98-07, Passenger Ropeways and Passenger Conveyors and any codes or standards referenced in the Standard, do not make or imply any assurance or guarantee by the Crown in right of Alberta with respect to the life expectancy, durability or operating performance of equipment or materials referenced in the Standard or codes or standards referenced in the Standard.

Repeal

The Passenger Ropeways Standards Regulation (AR 3/2002) is repealed.

Expiry

For the purpose of ensuring that this Regulation is reviewed for ongoing relevancy and necessity, with the option that it may be repassed in its present or an amended form following a review, this Regulation expires on February 28, 2016.

Coming into force

This Regulation comes into force on December 1, 2008.

September 27, 2004 PR SAFETY NOTICE

Important Safety Notice: Operation of Work Carriers

Due to an unfortunate accident involving a work carrier that resulted in a workers death, AEDARSA is issuing the following Safety Notice.

AEDARSA requests that all passenger ropeway owners review their procedures for work carrier operation. This should include but not be limited to CSA Z98 Safety Standard for Passenger Ropeways and Conveyors requirements for work carriers, Alberta Occupational Health & Safety requirements, manufacturer’s requirements, and any site specific requirements.

The CSA Z98 Appendix B deals with Procedures for Work Carriers, this is a non mandatory part of the CSA Z98 in Alberta but it can be used as a guide line for establishing work carrier procedures at you area. Clause 11.19.1 of the CSA Z98 lists the requirements for Written Safety Procedures; use of work carriers is one of the items listed in this clause and that these procedures should be posted at the ropeway attendant stations. Clause 11.2 of the CSA Z98 concerns training of operational and maintenance personal. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that all operational and maintenance personal are trained in the safe use and operation of work carriers.

Owners are also required to follow any manufacturer’s requirements for the operation and use of work carriers. Manufacturer’s requirements would include maximum capacity of work carrier (weight and number of people), any special requirements for entering and exiting ropeway terminals (e.g. hand rails lowered), safe position personal must be located at when work carrier is in motion (e.g. on lower platform), maximum allowed speed on line and in terminals, and any other special requirements for operating work carriers.

During the 2004-2005 inspections AEDARSA will be reviewing work carrier procedures at all area’s that use work carriers as part of their maintenance program, this will include written procedures, operator and maintenance training, and documentation of training.

If you have any comments or concerns relating to this Safety Notice please contact AEDARSA Edmonton office.

Dave Looney

Safety Codes Officer

March 24, 2004 PR SAFETY NOTICE

Important Safety Notice Concerning the Transportation of Explosives on Passenger Ropeways

File #5735, 5737, and 5738.

It has come to the attention of AEDARSA that some passenger ropeway operators may be transporting explosives on their ropeways when they are open to the public.

AEDARSA reminds everyone of the requirements of Clause 11.6.11 of the CSA Z98-01 Safety Standard for Passenger Ropeways and Conveyors. Item (b) of this clause states, that explosives shall not be transported when passengers are on the ropeway. This has been a requirement of the CSA Z98 since the 1996 version of the Standard was published. The CSA Z98-96 was adopted in Alberta on November 1, 1997.

Effective immediately the above requirements of the CSA Z98 must be followed.

Prior to the start of the 2004-2005 operating season, AEDARSA will be checking with all operators that use explosives as part of their operation to ensure that they are complying with this important safety requirement.

AEDARSA will also request that you have a written policy relating to transportation of explosives on ropeways. This policy will ensure all staff involved in the transportation of explosives on ropeways be properly trained and made aware of their responsibilities under the CSA Z98 Safety Standard and Alberta Workplace Health and Safety.

Could you please review this Safety Notice with the appropriate staff at your area and contact AEDARSA if you have concerns or questions.

If you have any questions pertaining to this newsletter your nearest AEDARSA office can provide assistance.

Dave Looney

Safety Codes Officer #111108

April 28, 2003 PR SAFETY NOTICE

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE to OWNERS and OPERATORS of DOPPELMAYR SURFACE LIFTS

Our file: 5737-0 & 5738-0

RE: Dismantling, inspection and overhaul of Doppelmayr surface lift sheave assemblies.

This notice is the result of the failure of a suspension axle on a Doppelmayr T-Bar 2D/2T Type BC sheave assembly; the failure of this axle allowed part of the assembly to fall to the ground.

Z98 CODE REQUIREMENT

Clause 11.21 of the CSA-Z98-01 Code for Passenger Ropeways requires that manufacturer’s maintenance procedures be followed. On November 24, 1998, Doppelmayr issued a Supplementary Operating and Service Manual for surface lifts. Section 15 (page 39) deals with the overhaul of lift components. Item 15.5 states all sheave assemblies must be dismantled, inspected and overhauled after 10 years or 15,000 hours of operation.

REQUIRED ACTION

If you have not overhauled your sheave assemblies within the last 10 years or 15,000 operating hours, you will be required to meet this maintenance requirement before the start of the 2003-2004 operating season. Please ensure all work relating to this overhaul is recorded in your maintenance logs.

Feel free to contact AEDARSA Edmonton office if you have any questions about this safety notice. Please contact Doppelmayr Lifts directly (250-765-3000) if you do not have a copy of their Supplementary Operating and Service Manuals for Surface Lifts.

Sincerely,

Dave Looney

Safety Codes Officer

April 23, 2003 PR SAFETY NOTICE

Our File: 5737-0 & 5738-0

RE: VISUAL EXAMINATION OF ROPES AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.

This notice is a result of a serious incident on an above surface lift operating in another province where the counterweight rope failed causing the tension carriage to pass beyond the front mechanical stops and the bull wheel to swing down.

Z98 CODE REQUIREMENT

Clause 11.27.3 of the CSA-Z98-01 Code for Passenger Ropeways requires that the whole length of ropes, including counterweight ropes and guys, and all connections be visually examined at intervals not exceeding 1 year or 2000 hours, whichever comes first.

INTERPRETATION

To fully meet the intent of clause 11.27.3 where portions of ropes are engaged with sheaves or other equipment and not normally visible, the equipment must be dismantled or otherwise manipulated to enable visual examination the full circumference of the rope over its whole length. In the case of counterweight ropes, lifts will have to be de-tensioned and the rope removed.

REQUIRED ACTION

Prior to the start of the 2003-2004 operating season a complete visual examination of counterweight ropes and all associated equipment must be completed ON ALL SURFACE AND ABOVE SURFACE LIFTS equipped with counterweight ropes.

NOTE: Associated equipment would include but not be limited to end connections, anchor points, cable clips, tensioning devices and rope sheaves.

Once this examination is completed, please complete a rope Nondestructive Test Report (sample copy in Appendix E of CSA-Z98-01,) and forward a copy to AEDARSA and Add a copy to your maintenance records.

POSSIBLE FUTURE MEASURES

AEDARSA will be working with the Alberta Safety Codes Council and the Technical Committee for the CSA Z98 Passenger Ropeways Code to review the inspection requirements of counterweight ropes and you will be advised of any changes to this examination requirement.

Feel free to contact AEDARSA Edmonton office if you have any questions about this safety notice. If you are unsure of to how to safely de-tension your lift and/or examine your counterweight rope, please contact your lift manufacturer or a qualified repair company.

Sincerely,

Dave Looney, Safety Codes Officer

May 15, 2002 PR SAFETY ADVISORY

RE: Securing Passenger Ropeways Against Access by Unauthorized Riders

SAFETY ADVISORY To Alberta Owners/Operators of Passenger Ropeways

Safety issues discussed at the Passenger Ropeways Technical Council meeting on April 11, 2002 included incidents that occurred when persons (hikers etc.) loaded themselves onto lifts that were running for maintenance purposes but not open for customers. In the cases discussed, the lifts were closed for the season.

It was decided that Alberta’s passenger ropeway owners should be made aware of this potentially hazardous situation so that they can manage their responsibilities in this regard through implementing preventive actions most suitable to their area.

Options to address this issue were considered such as mandatory posting of appropriate warning signs at or near loading and unloading terminals, posting attendants at key locations and lift line checks by maintenance staff during off season procedures. However, in the final analysis this issue doesn’t relate to safety issues that are typically dealt with by the Z98 code or the council. That is, the operation of lifts for public transportation/recreation. Additionally, any one of the solutions discussed might not be suitable for all ski areas and all possible solutions may not be necessary for all ski areas.

If you feel the council should take more affirmative action regarding this issue please forward your suggestions to the Chair of the Passenger Ropeways Technical Council at the following address:

Safety Codes Council
Suite 800
10707 - 100 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3M1

attn: John Ogilvy, Chair

Passenger Ropeways Technical Council

R.J. (Rod) Karen

Director, Technical Services

If you have any questions pertaining to this newsletter your nearest AEDARSA office can provide assistance.

March 19, 2002 PR NOTICE

NOTICE to Elevating Device, Passenger Ropeway, Amusement Ride Owners, Operators and Contractors regarding REPORTING ACCIDENTS/INCIDENTS

This is a reminder to owners and/or their agents that under THE SAFETY CODES ACT must report accidents/incidents involving their elevating devices, passenger ropeways and amusement rides that results in death or serious injury to a person or damage to equipment.

The goal of this notice is to promote reporting of accidents/incidents in a more timely and consistent manner and to assist us in our effort to identify accident/incident causes and prevent recurrences. To that end we request that owners/agents report all fatal, serious and serious equipment damage accidents/incidents immediately (by telephone). See below for further instructions/clarifications.

IMPORTANT NOTES

  1. Reports by phone may be made to any AEDARSA office. After hours emergency service is available
  2. When a fatal or serious injury accident/incident occurs, the equipment and the accident/incident scene should be secured (no evidence moved or disturbed) from any access except that which is necessary for the immediate medical needs of injured persons or to prevent possible injuries to others. Otherwise, clearance must be obtained from the Safety Codes Officer receiving the immediate report before releasing the equipment and the accident/incident scene.
  3. It is historically proven that minor injuries and even near misses can be a result of serious equipment problems. We therefore request that owners also report “Minor” injury accidents/incidents (see interpretations) for evaluation by AEDARSA with a view to further investigation as may be necessary.
  4. When a company is contracted to perform maintenance functions on behalf of the owner, as is common practice in the elevator industry, the maintenance contractor becomes an agent of the owner with respect to the equipment they maintain. As such, they also bear a responsibility to report accidents/incidents involving equipment they maintain.
  5. Following the report by telephone, a written report (AEDARSA report forms available) is to be forwarded by fax or mail as early as possible.

INTERPRETATIONS

Accident/Incident

- An occurrence which as a result of a persons use of or contact with an elevating device or amusement ride or passenger ropeway results in death or injury; and
- A malfunction or failure of equipment that results in serious equipment damage or that could have resulted in an injury or both

ACCIDENT/INCIDENT CATEGORIES

Fatal
Where an accident/incident results in the death of a human being.

Serious
Where an accident/incident has resulted in bodily injury such that injured person(s) require medical treatment or hospitalization. Where it is apparent that future complications to injured person(s) may arise, as a result of the accident/incident, the accident/incident should be considered serious.

Minor
Where an accident/incident results in bodily injury that requires minor medical attention.

Serious Equipment Damage
Where an elevating device or amusement ride or passenger ropeway is damaged to the extent that significant repairs are required to restore the equipment to design specifications and/or to fully comply with applicable safety standards.

March 11, 2002 PR ADVISOR

THE NEW CSA Z98-01 PASSENGER ROPEWAYS STANDARD GOES INTO EFFECT AS OF MARCH 1ST 2002 UNDER ALBERTA REGULATION 3/2002

To Passenger Ropeway Owners, Manufacturers, Installers, and Consultants of Alberta

Our files: 5736-1, 5737-0, 5738-0 AEDARSA Edmonton AEDARSA Calgary 207, 8616 - 51 Avenue 209, 264 Midpark Way SE Edmonton AB T6E 6E6 Calgary, AB T2X 1J6 Ph: (780) 448 0184 Fax: (780) 448 0237 Ph: (403) 216 5750 Fax: (403) 216 5755

Starting March 1, 2002,
new or altered ropeways must be designed and installed in accord with CSA Z98-01; and any changes in Section 11 (Inspection, Testing, Operation and Maintenance) become effective for all lifts.

Effected parties should obtain and thoroughly review a copy of the new code for complete details. Copies can be purchased through the Canada West Ski Areas Association or Canadian Standards Association, Etobicoke, Ont. or Edmonton).

Noteworthy Changes in CSA Z98-01

Section 8 Contains requirements pertaining to ropeways for Secondary Carriers (e.g. Tube Tows). Section 11 contains requirements formerly in Section 8

Section 9 Is reserved for future requirements for Belt Tows (conveyors). Section 10 contains requirements formerly in Section 9

Section 3 - General Requirements

Clause

3.11.3 - Minimum machine room lighting changed to 100 lux measured at floor level

3.12.3.2 - Exhaust stacks located up to 2m from the floor must be equipped with guards or heat shields.

3.14.3.2 - Pull tests shall be done on minimum 10% of rock anchors but not less than one rock anchor per location.

3.18.4.3 - Permanent rigging connections for the removal of the haul rope are required at all hold-down sheaves of above-surface ropeways

3.18.5.3 - Guard-rails on tower work platforms must comply with the National Building Code and anchor points for personnel safety must be provided on each platform.

3.27.3.2 - Provides carrier endurance test parameters when operating load data for carriers is not available

3.27.3.5 - In addition to cyclic tests of grip springs, requires recording of spring performance curves during a specified range of the total test cycles

3.29.6.4 - For detachable grip ropeways, manually reset stop pull cords shall be strung adjacent to each station conveyor system. Pull cords shall be red and marked “PULL TO STOP”

3.31.4 - Ropeway communication systems must be dedicated to ropeway operations and not capable of communication to other areas not equipped with operator controls for that ropeway

3.31.5 - Voice communication systems for above surface ropeways must be functional and audible during main or control system power failures and are not considered functional without an audible means to signal a call.

3.31.6 - Ropeway communication systems must be permanently mounted or installed

3.32.1.1 - Sets out information that must be conveyed to users via signage including but not limited to user size, possible medical conditions, other inherent risks, loading and unloading requirements

3.32.1.2 - Signs on tows for secondary carriers must be duplicated and posted so that they may be read by passenger facing uphill and downhill.

3.36.4.2(f) - A procedure and schedule for the periodic testing of service and emergency brakes and antirollback device based on design load

3.36.4.2(g) - Instructions for checking the operation of any PLC system are added to the list of items required in the maintenance manual that the designer of the ropeway must provide.

Section 5 - Circulating Passenger Ropeways

5.6.1 - When any stop function is initiated its brake system(s) is/are required to decelerate the rope between a minimum 0.45 m/s and maximum 1.5 m/s

5.6.2 - The maximum and minimum permissible deceleration rates for emergency brake and service brake acting independently is between a minimum 0.45 m/s and maximum 1.5 m/s

5.6.4 - The deceleration rate of haul rope shall be not greater than 2.0 m/s if loss of power or control malfunction would result in application of one or more braking systems

5.13.1 - Maximum Downhill Loading Speed (former, Maximum Exit Slope from Stations)

“Where the haul rope slopes downward from a detachable station, the designer shall specify the maximum rope speed at which detachable carriers with passengers or a following empty carrier may depart from the station. To prevent open grips from sliding down the haul rope, the maximum stopping distance at this maximum loading speed measured from the last grip check switch shall be not more than 2/3 the length of horizontal rope at the station exit. The type of stop shall be consistent with the outcome of the grip fault.”

Section 6 Surface Passenger Ropeways

6.7.1.1 - One or more service brakes must be provided where necessary and each brake must be applied when the ropeway is stopped

Section 11 - Inspection, Testing, Operation and Maintenance

11.5.1 (c) - Requires one attendant at each end of ropeways using secondary carriers; and Note (3) For secondary carriers’ one attendant may monitor two unloading stations if the duties on one ropeway do not preclude proper surveillance on the second ropeway

11.6.7 - Persons responsible for ordering use of a bypass circuit must determine if the indicated fault exists, only authorized persons can order a by-pass and by pass must be maintained by continuous physical effort by the operator

11.6.12 - Where the haul rope slopes downward from a detachable station, no person shall be loaded at a haul rope speed that exceeds the maximum speed specified in clause 5.13.1

11.12.1 (j) - an inspection of attachments for secondary carriers (added to items to be included in daily inspections prior to transporting passengers)

11.12.4 (b) - Evacuation and auxiliary drive tests and operation shall be performed with the main power disconnected

11.16.3.4 (c) - Non-metallic evacuation ropes of synthetic polyester fibre or hard-lay nylon must be minimum diameter of 12.7 mm

11.22.2 - Critical components that are replaced, modified or repaired shall conform to the fatigue requirements of clause 3.6

11.25.5 (e) - loss of control or control malfunction (added to items to be included in acceptance tests and inspections)

11.27.5 - Replacement intervals for rope sockets shall be specified by the manufacturer or an engineer

11.30.4 - All tucks of all splices shall be marked

September 27, 2000 PR ADVISORY

REGARDING PERMITS REQUIRED for MAJOR ALTERATIONS OF PASSENGER ROPEWAYS

This advisory is intended to help clarify for the Passenger Ropeways industry when a Certificate of Alteration (permit) must be obtained from AEDARSA in respect of proposed alterations. AEDARSA also wishes to promote awareness of the fact that any alteration should involve appropriate expertise.

Background

Alberta Regulation 177/92 (the Codes and Procedures Regulation) refers to the definition in the passenger ropeways code (Clause 3.2.1 of Z98-1996) to determine what are major alterations; and states that no person shall undertake a major alteration without a certificate of alteration issued by an inspector.

Clause 3.2.1 of CSA standard Z98-96 Passenger Ropeways defines only a few alterations as major alterations. It also states that where a major alteration (listed in 3.2.1) is carried out, the lift shall be treated, as new installation (e.g. must be made to comply with the current code).

Direction for AEDARSA

AEDARSA as the delegated authority can determine which alterations constitute major alterations under Clause 3 of Alberta Regulation 177/92 (see underlined below) which states as follows:

"Major alteration" means a major alteration as defined in a code adopted under this Regulation or an alteration that, in the opinion of an inspector, causes a significant change in either the structural or operational characteristics of the original design of the fixed conveyance as registered with an inspector.

AEDARSA Policy:

  1. Under Alta. Reg. 177/92 an application for certificate of alteration, must be made in respect of proposed major alterations of passenger ropeways; and

    1.1 engineer endorsed plans and specifications respecting the proposed major alteration must be forwarded for acceptance prior to starting a major alteration; and 1.2 an acceptance inspection must be applied for before returning an altered lift to service.

  2. In accord with;

    2.1 Clause 3.2.1 of the Z98-96 Passenger Ropeways standard, lists Major alterations that these rules apply to; and
    2.2 Under Alta. Reg. 177/92, any alteration to a lift that causes a significant change in either the structural or operational characteristics of the original design will be considered a major alteration.
    e.g. addition, deletion, change in height/location of towers/sheaves/batteries/drive and return terminals, change in type/purpose of towers/sheaves etc, control systems, type or manufacture of carriers (different chairs, effect swing clearance, weight of carriers), capacity decrease, structural or equipment changes relating to capacity decrease etc.
  3. For major alterations other than as listed in clause 3.2.1 of the code, the requirement to upgrade the entire lift to current code may be limited to any portion(s) of the lift directly or indirectly affected by the alteration.
  4. For minor alterations, appropriate engineering and/or manufacturer expertise must be involved in the design and implementation to ensure code compliance and safe operation. If noticed during an inspection, related documentation could be requested for review by an inspector.

If you have any questions pertaining to this newsletter your nearest AEDARSA office can provide assistance.

September 18, 2000 PR SAFETY NOTICE

SAFETY NOTICE TO PASSENGER ROPEWAY OWNERS

To help avoid potential serious accidents or fatalities, AEDARSA would like to remind all passenger ropeway owners and operators of the importance of correct lock out procedures.

The CSA Z98-96 code section 8.19 Maintenance Safety Procedures addresses Written Safety Procedures and Lock out Procedures. All personnel involved in the maintenance and operation of passenger ropeways must be adequately trained in all aspects of lockout procedures.

During the safety inspections of the 2000-2001 season, AEDARSA will be checking to ensure lockout procedures are posted and being followed.

Further AEDARSA would like to recommend the following safety procedure. Signage is posted at all areas where personnel may access bullwheels. This signage could read but not be limited to WARNING BEFORE PROCEEDING ONTO BULLWHEEL ENSURE LOCKOUT IS IN PLACE.

If you have any questions please contact the office nearest you.

September 1, 2000 PR ADVISOR

Notice to Passenger Ropeway Owners

Alberta Elevating Devices and Amusement Ride Safety Association (AEDARSA) would like to remind all passenger ropeway owners and operators of the inspection code in force at this time.

As of November 1, 1997 the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z98-01 Supplements S1-02 & S2-04 No. 1-97 For Passenger Ropeways and Conveyors is the adopted code for the province of Alberta, as per Alberta regulation AR3/2002.

All owners and operators of passenger ropeways are required to have a copy of the CSA Z98-01 Supplements S1-02 & S2-04 No. 1-97 on site.

If you do not have a copy of this code, it maybe obtained by contacting the Canadian Standards Association in Edmonton at 1707 - 94 Street Edmonton, AB T6N 1E6 Phone (780) 450-2111, fax (780) 461-5322 or the CSA web site www.csa-international.org

At this time, the technical committee for the CSA Z-98 code is working on revisions to CSA Z-98. This updated code maybe ready for publication in the near future. AEDARSA will let all passenger ropeway owners know when this has been published and adopted by the province of Alberta.

If you require assistance or any further information please call the office nearest you.

 

AEDARSA is the only organization authorized to issue the Certificate of Operation for Passenger Ropeways. Certificates of Operation are issued in accordance with the Safety Codes Act which requires all operating devices to have a valid certificate.The following are mailed to known owners/operators of Passenger Ropeways at the end of August each year:

  • Application for Certificate of Operation – Part I. Owner Information (EDA073)
  • Application for Certificate of Operation – Part II. Device Information (details S# and lift currently in AEDARSA’s records)
  • Checklists
  • Explanatory Letter - This letter details instructions to owners/operators for inspection scheduling requirements.
  • Relevant Enclosures

AEDARSA will enclose Standatas, Safety Advisors or other relevant documents.

 

Applications for Certificate of Operation, Part I. and II. received will be reviewed by appropriate personnel for accurate completion and fees before being accepted. Once an application is accepted a Certificate of Operation per owner/operator listing the S# and lift will be issued and mailed.

All fees will be in accordance with the current Ministerial Order. All fees must be received before a Certificate of Operation is issued. AEDARSA abides by the frequency of inspections approved by Alberta Municipal Affairs and Housing to ensure Passenger Ropeways are maintained and operated safely. Inspections are required within 30 days of the opening date per certificate season

Note: Passenger Ropeways are permitted to operate for the certificate season only by approval of an AEDARSA SCO. Upon receiving, and reviewing, a completed Checklist for a lift the SCO may allow the lift to be operated however, when possible inspections are done prior to public operation.

Please contact the nearest office and one of our staff will be happy to help you.

Guide for Owners and Persons in Charge

When an accident/incident involving an elevating device occurs, the owner or person in charge must report the accident/incident to the Alberta Elevating Devices and Amusement Rides Safety Association. The Association has been delegated by the Minister of Municipal Affairs to undertake accident/incident investigations for the Province.

For accidents/incidents resulting in fatalities, injuries that require medical treatment or serious damage to equipment, the first step is to telephone our nearest office.

For locations north of Red Deer, contact our Edmonton office
For locations in Red Deer and south, contact our Calgary office

Until our safety codes officer completes an investigation of the accident/incident scene, nothing should be touched or removed from the site and the surrounding area unless it is absolutely necessary to prevent further injury, loss of life or property damage. Our safety codes officer will investigate the accident/incident and file a report. The owner or person in charge will be requested to complete this accident/incident report.

For accidents/incidents that require first aid only, it is not necessary to telephone our office but a written report is required.

Under the Safety Codes Act in Section 16 of the Administrative Items Regulation (Alberta Regulation 16/2004), 16. An owner of an elevating device or his agent shall

    1. notify an Administrator for the elevating devices discipline or a safety codes officer and the safety codes officer must notify an Administrator for the elevating devices discipline as soon as practicable after an accident/incident involving the elevating device that results in death or serious injury to a person or damage to equipment, and
    2. if requested by an Administrator for the elevating devices discipline, submit, as soon as practicable, a full written report of any accident/incident involving the elevating device that results in death or serious injury to a person or damage to equipment.

For your convenience, a format for completing this written accident/incident report is included. To report an accident/incident, or for further information please contact our offices.

Important Notes

  1. Reports by phone may be made to any AEDARSA office. After hours emergency service is available
  2. When a fatal or serious injury accident/incident occurs, the equipment and the accident/incident scene should be secured (no evidence moved or disturbed) from any access except that which is necessary for the immediate medical needs of injured persons or to prevent possible injuries to others. Otherwise, clearance must be obtained from the Safety Codes Officer receiving the immediate report before releasing the equipment and the accident/incident scene.
  3. It is historically proven that minor injuries and even near misses can be a result of serious equipment problems. We therefore request that owners also report “Minor” injury accidents/incidents (see interpretations) for evaluation by AEDARSA with a view to further investigation as may be necessary.
  4. When a company is contracted to perform maintenance functions on behalf of the owner, as is common practice in the elevator industry, the maintenance contractor becomes an agent of the owner with respect to the equipment they maintain. As such, they also bear a responsibility to report accidents/incidents involving equipment they maintain.
  5. Following the report by telephone, a written report (AEDARSA report forms available) is to be forwarded by fax or mail as early as possible.

Interpretations

Accident/Incident – An occurrence which as a result of a persons use of or contact with an elevating device or amusement ride or passenger ropeway results in death or injury; and
- A malfunction or failure of equipment that results in serious equipment damage or that could have resulted in an injury or both

Accident/Incident Categories

Fatal – Where an accident/incident results in the death of a human being.

Serious – Where an accident/incident has resulted in bodily injury such that injured person(s) require medical treatment or hospitalization. Where it is apparent that future complications to injured person(s) may arise, as a result of the accident/incident, the accident/incident should be considered serious.

Minor – Where an accident/incident results in bodily injury that requires minor medical attention.

Serious Equipment Damage – Where an elevating device or amusement ride or passenger ropeway is damaged to the extent that significant repairs are required to restore the equipment to design specifications and/or to fully comply with applicable safety standards.

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