Amusement ride safety reminder as industry re-opens

Amusement ride operators across Victoria are reminded to make safety a priority as the industry re-opens following two quiet years due to COVID.
News article published

Wednesday 13 Apr 2022

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Already this year WorkSafe has completed 279 inspections at events – including the Grand Prix, Moomba, St Kilda Festival and the Australian Open – and issued one improvement notice for inadequate guarding on the passenger doors of one ride.

WorkSafe also issued an improvement notice to a ride operator last November after patrons became stuck due to a mechanical fault.

WorkSafe Executive Director Health and Safety Narelle Beer said maintenance of rides should already be completed as operators set up for Easter events this week.

"Every person who uses amusement rides, or works with them, has the right to do so without risking their lives, or risking an injury," Dr Beer said.

"In light of two recent incidents on amusement rides interstate, including one where a child was injured, we’re reminding Victorian duty holders of their obligations.

"Ride operators must ensure their amusement rides are properly maintained and operating safely. Failure to do so not only puts patrons and workers at risk but could lead to a ride being shut down and the operator being prosecuted."

WorkSafe has been working with industry stakeholders to ensure that duty holders are aware of their obligations and the need to ensure thorough inspections and maintenance of all equipment – particularly rides which might have been out of use during lockdowns.

WorkSafe's comprehensive inspection program includes planned inspections of amusement rides at all major events and regional shows, along with targeted inspections of small to medium events, such as smaller shows and pop-up events in paddocks, car parks and shopping centres.

The program also includes annual inspections at theme and water parks.

Inspections assess factors such as safety systems, wear and tear, maintenance history and whether or not ride operators or attendants have been properly trained.

Event organisers, ride operators and owners are also reminded to ensure that appropriate control measures and safety checks are in place while rides are operating.

"Ultimately the safe operation of amusement rides is the responsibility of the operators," Dr Beer said.

"WorkSafe will not hesitate to prosecute any amusement ride operators who fail to meet their obligations to ensure the safety of their employees or the public."

Members of the public who may have a concern about the safety of a ride should report it to WorkSafe's advisory service on 1800 136 089.