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Queensland Goverment reveals tougher safety regulations for amusement rides and theme parks
Amusement rides and theme parks in Queensland will be subject to tougher safety requirements that will require improved competency and training of ride operators and, for major attractions, a new safety case and licensing system.
Developed in the wake of the deaths of four guests at Dreamworld in October 2016 and in advance of the release of the Coroner’s report on those deaths, Queensland Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the changes were about doing everything possible to ensure amusement rides and theme parks were as safe as possible.
Minister Grace advised “the tragedy at Dreamworld shocked and saddened us all.
“We are taking action to ensure tourists and the wider community have faith in the safety measures that are in place.
“We are making these changes before the current coronial process is finalised because we are prioritising safety. We have made the Coroner aware of the changes.
“When the Coroner hands down his final report and recommendations, we will examine it closely and make any further changes we may need to.”
The new safety regulations will amend existing work health and safety laws to:
• Mandate major inspections of rides by qualified engineers every 10 years;
• Improve competency and training of ride operators;
• Mandate proper recording of inspections, maintenance and operator competency; and
• Mandate a new Safety Case and Licensing System for major amusement parks.
The new requirements will start from 1st May with a transition period of up to two years for certain matters.
Minister Grace claimed that the amendments set new standards that are world’s best practice for the industry, adding “this will provide certainty for consumers and tourists and consistency across the industry.
“We have also employed three extra engineers within Workplace Health and Safety Queensland to oversee these strict new requirements.
“We announced we’d be making changes along these lines in August last year and have been consulting with key stakeholders.”
Under current regulation, regular inspections of amusement rides are already required. The new requirements mean a qualified engineer will need to take a ride offline for a number of weeks to conduct the major inspection involving a thorough examination of critical components and, if necessary, stripping down the device.
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7th December 2018 - Dreamworld reputation savaged at inquest
1st July 2018 - Coronial inquest claims Dreamworld Chief Executive
9th October 2018 - Staff to sue Dreamworld over ‘significant psychological injuries’
21st October 2017 - Queensland Police say no staff should be prosecuted over 2016 Dreamworld deaths
27th August 2017 - Dreamworld tragedy highlights legal duty of care for theme park guests
23rd August 2017 - Queensland to implement new safety laws following Dreamworld tragedy report
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14th March 2017 - Village Roadshow Theme Parks highlights safety and maintenance systems
14th December 2016 - Non-Compliance in attractions and entertainment has its costs
29th October 2016 - Queensland Government to undertake ‘safety blitz’ on theme parks
11th December 2014 - Carnival ride worker crushed to death in Queensland
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