Fatal Chairlift Accidents Spark Safety Concerns: What to Watch For

ABC's Gio Benitez gives tips on how to stay safe while on the slopes.
2:21 | 01/05/17

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recent accidents. Gio Benitez has more on that. And this is your first time on the slopes there, gio? Reporter: A far cry from Miami, robin, that's right. We're here at the mountain resort they opened up extra early for us. Accidents are rare but do happen. A heart-stopping video of a young boy dangling from a ski lift. Look closely, his backpack is holding him up. Workers near Salt Lake City immediately stopping the ride to get the boy down. We looked at each other and it was an initial shock. Reporter: Within minutes, success. But it might have been deja Vu. Because just two weeks earlier at the same resort. We know your arms are hurting. Take some deep breaths. I can't. Reporter: Another 11-year-old boy, got stuck the same way, trying to get off the ride at the middle station to ski halfway down. They tell us riding a ski lift is even safer than riding an elevator, but even so just days ago, a Texas mom on vacation in Colorado with her two daughters, fell 20 feet off a lift and died. The two little girls surviving. The cause of her fall still under investigation. The typical cause of a far from a chair lift is human error. Reporter: Since 2004 four people have died falling off a ski lift and not related to a mechanical malfunction. Some of our ski areas are adding prongs or fingers to the restraint bar itself so it better secures people on the lift. Reporter: All right, so the most important tip, make sure that this bar is all the way down. Make sure you're seated all the way back. If you have backpack, keep it on your lap and if it falls, let it go. Don't try to grab it. Robin, George. Hang on there. Let it go. Yes, indeed. Good advice there from gio.

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