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Tough new rules for ski grooming devices

After three people were were killed and two people badly injured in accidents with snow grooming machinery last Winter, officials in Salzburg have toughened up the regulations governing their usage.

The new regulations include an absolute limit on the use of the devices during times when the ski runs are open to skiers.

The only time when they will be used will be when the lifts are also operating and skiers are on the slopes is in order to help in a rescue operation or if there is an urgent requirement related to the operation of the resort for example in getting to areas not easily accessible for preparation work on the slopes.

Salzburg deputy governor Wilfried Haslauer said that ski lift operators are also obliged to make sure extra security training was given to drivers of the devices.

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