Events inspection to continue as carnival season nears

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WorkSafe Victoria safety inspectors will continue to inspect rides over the summer to ensure safety as the carnival season nears.

The inspectors will assess factors such as safety systems, wear and tear, maintenance history and whether ride operators and attendants have been appropriately trained.

WorkSafe Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams said the tragic death of a small boy thrown from a ride at the Rye Easter Carnival in April and the deaths of four people on a ride in Dreamworld on the Gold Coast last year highlighted the potential dangers associated with carnival rides.

“Every Victorian who attends these events, and those that work at them, have an expectation that they do so without risking their lives, or risking an injury,” said Ms. Williams.

“While WorkSafe has been increasing its focus in this area so it can carry out more inspections, it remains the responsibility of the organisers of these events and the owners of the rides to ensure appropriate control measures are in place and checks have been made to ensure everyone’s safety.

“If they fail to do so and there is an incident, they risk prosecution.”

She said they will be increasing weekend inspections to ensure smaller operators who set up rides just before an event got underway will be checked.

WorkSafe is also working with its interstate counterparts to track down operators identified as having potentially dangerous rides.

Ms. Williams encouraged the community to report any concerns.

“It is not possible for WorkSafe to inspect every small fete or fair so we rely on the public to report any incidents or safety concerns so that we can take action,” she said.

“Many small ride operators are regularly on the move, but that doesn’t mean they are above the law.”

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

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