Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Queensland Government set to enforce tough safety rules for amusement rides

Queensland Government set to enforce tough safety rules for amusement rides
August 2, 2018

New regulations governing the safety of amuesement rides will come into force in Queensland before the end of the year, in a further crackdown following four fatalities at Dreamworld in October 2016.

Queensland Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the Amusement Device Working Group, including industry representatives, would be given the draft Health and Safety (Amusement Devices - Public Safety) Amendment Regulation as part of ongoing consultation.

The proposed changes include mandatory training for ride operators, mandatory major inspections of all amusement and theme park rides, a requirement for major theme parks to develop an integrated safety management system and additional record-keeping through detailed log books for rides.

Minister Grace said training for each ride would be different and based on manufacturer's specifications, commenting “operating a merry-go-round might be different to operating a much more complex ride with different safety requirements.”

Minister Grace said she would also like to see the development of a code of practice to set details about training, adding “maybe the operators maybe identified, a trained operator, so when a parent puts their child on a ride they know the person that is there is a trained operator, it could be something hanging from their neck, something they're wearing.”

The draft reforms will be passed to the Queensland Coroner and come into force before the end of the year, Minister Grace told a budget estimates hearing on Thursday.

She also advised that recommendations from the inquest into the Dreamworld deaths would alos be taken into account, stating "if there are any further recommendations that come from the inquest we will ensure that we will incorporate those.”

The regulations will also apply to transportable rides as well as those fixed permanently in parks.

Workplace health and safety officers are preparing for a full audit of all 34 rides at Brisbane's Ekka show, which starts on 20th August, followed by an audit of all of Queensland’s amusement and theme parks.

The inquest into the Dreamworld fatalities is due to resume in October.

Image: In 2014, a 20-year-old carnival worker was killed while dismantling this fairground ride at Collingwood Park State School, west of Brisbane.

Related Articles

30th July 2018 - Ride fatalities aftermath continues to drive down Dreamworld’s value

1st July 2018 - Coronial inquest claims Dreamworld Chief Executive

30th June 2018 - Ardent Leisure issues statement of apology over Dreamworld deaths

26th June 2018 - Inquest hears that Dreamworld cut back maintenance in months before 2016 ride fatalities

21st October 2017 - Queensland Police say no staff should be prosecuted over 2016 Dreamworld deaths

16th October 2017 - Queensland Parliament passes industrial manslaughter laws in wake of Dreamworld fatalities

30th September 2017 - Queensland Government considering legal action over Dreamworld deaths

15th July 2017 - Ekka launches new initiatives in 140th year

16th April 2017 - Consulting engineer rebuts Australian Women’s Weekly ride safety ‘investigation’

29th October 2016 - Queensland Government to undertake ‘safety blitz’ on theme parks

8th July 2016 - Ekka free to ban safety inspection company being prosecuted over Royal Adelaide Show ride death

25th October 2015 - Weekend incidents put focus on fairground ride safety

7th August 2015 - Amusement ride operators to undergo Ekka safety audits

11th December 2014 - Carnival ride worker crushed to death in Queensland

15th August 2012 - Without volunteers agricultural shows ‘will cease to exist’


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

LEISURE CONCEPTS AUSTRALIA

Leisure Concepts brings the world’s best fitness equipment brands to Australasia including Eleiko, Atlantis Strength and Merrithew Pilates. With a huge variety of  treadmills,…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

SUNBATHER

Solar Pool Heating & Swimming Pool Covers since 1974. Sunbather offer an Australian made product which undergoes continual development to enable you to trust in the Sunbather brand. We deliver a…

read more

Aquatics / Venues

 
 

Life Fitness

Life Fitness Cardio Life Fitness Strength Hammer Strength Group Cycling Rowers Certified Refurbished Freeweights Benches & Racks Flooring Life Fitness is the global leader in the fitness…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

CERAMIC SOLUTIONS

Established in 1994, Ceramic Solutions has excelled at the supply and installation of swimming pool tiles and equipment for the pool and leisure industry, with a focus on the needs of end-users. …

read more

Aquatics / Design / Surfaces / Venues

 
 

LES MILLS ASIA PACIFIC

Les Mills Asia Pacific Les Mills Asia Pacific (LMAP) have been setting the benchmark for providing professional fitness solutions across Australia and South East Asia since 1996. Our world renowned…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

MYZONE

Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Perfect Gym

Perfect Gym Solutions is a software as a service (SaaS) solution purpose-built to service the fitness industry, with over 1000 clients servicing over 2 million gym members across 40 countries making…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business