NT WorkSafe recently issued a safety alert highlighting the risk of serious injury or death if amusement rides or devices are not inspected and tested to the appropriate standard.
The alert was issued following an incident in which a sweep arm of an amusement ride known as The Octopus buckled, causing the corresponding sweep support rod to break at the Fred’s Pass Show in May 2019.
The ride took two revolutions before coming to a stop, whereby the gondola attached to the arm of the ride, carrying two adult patrons crashed to the ground.
A structural condition report, which included a welding inspection report, was commissioned as part of the NT WorkSafe investigation.
During setup at a separate community event the following month, NT WorkSafe issued an improvement notice on a swinging chair ride owned by a different company, requiring the reinspection by a competent person.
Non-destructive testing (NDT) conducted as part of the inspection found cracks in the main shaft of the ride.
There were a number of contributing factors which included:
The safety alert said a number of actions were required:
The alert also said to consider a number of other points: