Audit After Dreamworld Tragedy Calls For Complete Overhaul Of Safety Procedures

Aged rides face chopping block

Audit After Dreamworld Tragedy Calls For Complete Overhaul Of Safety Procedures Pic: Dreamworld

Amusement rides across Queensland will be inspected with a fine tooth comb following the results of a major industry-wide safety review.

The review was commissioned after four people were killed at in October 2016 when a raft flipped on the Thunder River Rapids Ride. The theme park has since announce the ride will be demolished in respect of the victims and their families.

The Courier Mail published details of the audit's 58 recommendations on Wednesday, which ruled that even some state-of-the-art rides across the state's major tourist attraction are not being adequately checked.

Some decades-old rides will be decommissioned, including those at local fetes and shows like the Ekka, while others will be taken apart piece-by-piece for intense inspections.

On top of that, inexperienced teenagers will likely be barred from manning the controls, the report finding a staggering number of the 111 Australian theme park ride incidents that have occurred over the past 15 years, were put down to operator error due to inadequate training. Right now, forklift drivers in Queensland require more specialist training than those entrusted to operate some of our largest thrill rides.

The findings have prompted the government to consider introducing industrial manslaughter laws, that will hold negligent individuals and major corporations responsible for any deaths and hold a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

 

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