Dreamworld inspectors find another ride presents 'imminent danger'

Publish Date
Friday, 25 November 2016, 7:54AM
Dreamworld has released the results about it's investigation one month on from the tragedy where four people were killed on the Thunder River Rapids. Photo / AP

Dreamworld has released the results about it's investigation one month on from the tragedy where four people were killed on the Thunder River Rapids. Photo / AP

Dreamworld has been issued three prohibition notices by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), relating to another ride at the theme park.

One month on from the multiple-fatality Thunder River Rapids ride accident, inspectors have issued notices for the Buzzsaw ride, relating to safety harnesses and staff access.

WHSQ issued the notices relating to "maintenance safety harness anchor points" on the BuzzSaw, ordering the company to undertake additional certification.

It found a "staff maintenance procedure error" on a safety chain on the ride and has ordered a secondary system to be installed with further training for staff. An extra gate has also been installed to prevent the operator gaining access to the platform while the ride is in motion that remains subject to WHSQ approval.

The BuzzSaw ride is pictured in this image of Dreamworld taken after the tragedy on the Thunder River Rapids. Photo / AP

Prohibition notices are issued if the inspector believes there is "imminent danger". Dreamworld claims none of the WHSQ findings would have affected guest safety.

The findings come one month after the tragic accident on the Thunder River Rapids Ride that killed four people when a raft flipped. The Buzzsaw - which at 46 metres high is the "highest inversion ride" in the Southern Hemisphere - was closed in February 2015 over concerns with the safety harness.

In April 2016, Dreamworld's  Rocky Hollow log ride was shut down after a man nearly drowned while on it.

Another seven "improvement notices" where issued to the company relating to a range of issues from emergency buttons to labelling hazardous chemicals.

The park has not yet set a date to reopen and the closure is believed to have cost more than $10 million.

Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson said all WHSQ notices would be addressed before doors open again. The company is also undertaking additional measures of their own - including bringing in international auditors and engineers.

"Safety is our paramount concern. This additional review is a methodical process which we have repeatedly advised will not be rushed. We are unswervingly committed to go well beyond legislative requirements to ensure every one of our 24 rides and 10 water slides at Dreamworld and WhiteWater World exceed even the most stringent of safety measures."

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