Authorities investigate Queenstown luge operation after staffer hospitalised

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Authorities are investigating a Skyline worker’s nasty fall from a luge chairlift during a routine exercise yesterday.

An Irish lift operator was helicoptered to Southland Hospital in Invercargill with back fractures and a bruised lung after scheduled evacuation training went wrong at Skyline Gondola’s Bob’s Peak operation about 9am.

Skyline boss Jeff Staniland says he doesn’t know how far the man fell.

The Queenstown-based tourism giant’s employee, believed to be in his twenties, is expected to be released from hospital tomorrow.

“He’s in high spirits and coping well,” Staniland says. 

“We’ve informed the Department of Labour and are carrying out an investigation of what happened,” he adds.

The Department of Labour has confirmed it’s looking into the incident.