Coroner James MacDougall delivered his findings 24th Feb 2020, stating there was ‘a systemic failure by Dreamworld in relation to all aspects of safety’ after conducting an exhaustive inquest following the tragic deaths of four people on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld on 25 October 2016, stating it was ‘simply a matter of time’.
- Lack of basic, modern safety controls and automation placed a ‘significant and unfair burden’ on ride operators to observe and respond to dangerous situations, the Coroner said, ‘Such a culpable culture can exist only when leadership from the board down are careless in respect of safety.’
- ‘there is no evidence Dreamworld ever conducted a proper risk assessment in the thirty years of operation of the ride’
- The safety systems in place were ‘frighteningly unsophisticated’.
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Work Health and Safety (Amusement Devices—Public Safety) Amendment Regulation 2019 commenced on 1 May 2019 which put in place best practice for amusement devices including:
- Mandatory major inspections of all amusement rides by qualified engineers every ten years – this is in in addition to the mandatory annual inspections which are already required.
- More stringent operator training.
- A comprehensive safety case and licensing regime for major theme parks that includes a full safety assessment of all rides at the park and,
- More stringent record keeping for all amusement rides in relation to inspections, maintenance and operator competency.