Safety review launched into all Dreamworld rides following fatal accident

With a safety review of all its rides now under way, Dreamworld says there is no time frame for the country’s biggest theme park to re-open, despite some staff returning to work today.

Around 200 employees voluntarily turned up to work, nearly a week after four people were killed on one of the rides.

Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson said no-one was directed to return to work, only those who wanted to come back, did so.


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Work has begun on testing all of Dreamworld’s rides, a three-step process which will need to be completed before it’s reopened for visitors.

“The review includes the appointment of arms-length and independent, world-leading mechanical engineering and workplace safety experts,” Mr Davidson said.

“Dreamworld has commenced an internal review of all park ride operating policies and procedures. This includes specialist engineering reviews of every ride.

“In addition … there will be an independent, arms-length mechanical engineering and workplace safety review of every Dreamworld ride.

“Dreamworld has commenced discussions with a number of the world’s leading mechanical engineering and workplace safety experts.”

Each ride will be tested by mechanical engineers and workplace safety experts, before being passed onto the independent safety audit and Queensland’s workplace health and safety team.

Mr Davidson said he also wanted to address incorrect reports in the media regarding the theme park’s compliance with ride operations and specifically the number of ride operators.

“The configuration of the cyclone ride at Dreamworld is different to the operating manual referred to in the media.

“Dreamworld’s one-car cyclone ride and the staff operating procedures were approved through four tiers.

“An internal safety and risk-assessment review; Dreamworld’s processes were approved by the ride manufacturer; they were audited and approved by an independent external ride safety expert; and they were inspected and approved by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland,” he said.

READ: The full text of Mr Davidson’s statement.

Park Re-Opening
At this point there is no timeframe or decision with regard to the Park’s re-opening

Further, Dreamworld confirms it will not be making a decision on re-opening or providing a timeframe at any stage this week

Staff
Dreamworld today commenced a cautious and staged approach to allow staff to return to work at the Park

Around 200 staff have come to work today. Returning to work is not compulsory – it is for those staff who want to come back and help the Park and support their colleagues

Dreamworld reiterates that all staff will be paid while the Park is closed whether they have returned to the Park to work or not

Counsellors are available for Dreamworld staff and will remain available for some time.

Safety Review

Dreamworld has commenced a systematic and methodical Park-wide safety review of every mechanical ride in the Park

The review includes the appointment of arms-length and independent, world-leading mechanical engineering and workplace safety experts

Dreamworld expects there will be three key elements to the safety review:
1. Dreamworld has commenced an internal review of all park ride operating policies and procedures. This includes specialist engineering reviews of every ride at Dreamworld

2. In additional to Dreamworld’s internal audit, there will be an independent, arms-length mechanical engineering and workplace safety review of every Dreamworld ride. Dreamworld has commenced discussions with a number of the world’s leading mechanical engineering and workplace safety experts. Dreamworld will provide further updates on the arms-length reviews over the coming days

3. Dreamworld remains absolutely committed to working closely with the Queensland Workplace Health and Safety team. The work of the independent engineering experts will be shared with and peer reviewed by Workplace Health and Safety.

This process of orderly and methodically reviewing every mechanical ride here at Dreamworld is of course separate to the Queensland Police and Coronial Investigation into the Thunder River Rapids ride.

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