Cable car worker plunges to death in safety check

A 39-year-old worker checking a cable car during a safety inspection died on Tuesday afternoon after falling from a pylon near Zermatt in the canton of Valais, cantonal police said.

Cable car worker plunges to death in safety check
View of Gant-Hohtälli cable car tower. Photo: Valais cantonal police

The victim was an employee of the Zermatt Bergbahnnen (ZBAG) lift operating company, police said in a news release.

He was accompanying a federal transport office official during an operational inspection of the Gant-Hohtälli cable car system, according to the release.

While traversing a walkway on the pylon to return to a cable car at around 1pm the man for undetermined reasons lost his balance and fell 25 metres, police said.

The victim, a native of Valais, died from his injuries.

Earlier on Tuesday, a 61-year-old Italian man died in the Zermatt region while descending from the 4,633-metre Dufour Peak (Dufourspitze).

The man was with two other climbers, including an Italian guide, when he fell several metres at the 4,500-metre level and died on the spot from his injuries, Valais police said.

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