NT: regulator issues amusement ride operator safety warning

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Friday, 22 July, 2022 - 12:45
Policy & legislation
Northern Territory

NT WorkSafe has been conducting compliance checks for this year’s show circuit ahead of the Royal Darwin Show and inspectors have identified several issues following their audits and inspections.

Inspectors are working closely with amusement ride operators and the event organiser to provide information and advice and assess their compliance with the WHS laws, according to NT WorkSafe Acting Regulatory Compliance Manager Maria Rigas.

“Amusement ride owners need to have their rides regularly inspected by an engineer, and evidence of these inspections must be made available to our inspectors,” said Rigas.

“While inspectors visually check the rides, structural integrity issues may not be visible, which will be picked up during the engineer’s inspection.

“Ride operators need to measure and record the noise levels of their rides during operation, which is a legislative requirement.

“Electrical safety standards also need to improve and we are asking all ride operators to ensure the testing and tagging of their electrical cables are up-to-date, and all electrical switchboards are correctly labelled and secured to prevent unauthorised access.”

NT WorkSafe issued six improvement notices and four prohibition notices during the regional shows.

“With the incidents in Dreamworld, Royal Adelaide Show, Fred’s Pass Rural Show and more recently the jumping castle incident in Tasmania, the last thing we want is another amusement ride tragedy,” Rigas said.

“Preventing these incidents is possible as long as ride operators maintain compliance with the law.”