Dreamworld cleared of safety breaches

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The amusement park where four people were killed last month has been cleared of putting customers at risk but says it will still improve a number of internal processes before reopening.

An investigation by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland found no new issues with guest safety but did hand eight improvement notices to Dreamworld and a further two to WhiteWater World.

“All notices concerned procedural matters, paperwork improvements and the safety of staff and maintenance workers,” Dreamworld said in a statement. “No notices related to guest safety.”

The improvement notices include updating an emergency stop button, submitting a chemical register, tagging electrical equipment and ensuring staff undertake “working at heights” training.

CEO Craig Davidson said all of the notices would be addressed before the parks reopened and said the business would be taking additional measures to further ensure safety.

“Dreamworld is Australia’s biggest theme park and we are layering three levels of engineering inspections on top of the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland audit,” he said.

“These expert safety and engineering teams are continuing to work through each section of Dreamworld and WhiteWater World and we are confident of being able to announce a reopening date for both parks very soon.”

Royal Life Saving Queensland representatives are also on site this week to audit the pools and lifesaving procedures at WhiteWater World.

“Safety is our paramount concern. This additional review is a methodical process which we have repeatedly advised will not be rushed,” he said.

“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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