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AustraliaDreamworld inquest wraps up in Queensland

15:55  07 december  2018
15:55  07 december  2018 Source:   msn.com

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SNAPSHOT OF DREAMWORLD INQUEST:

WHO

- Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi were killed when Dreamworld's Thunder River Rapids ride malfunctioned on October 25, 2016.

WHAT HAPPENED

- Two rafts collided on a conveyor after a water pump failed and caused water levels to drop dramatically.

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- The malfunction was the third that day, and fifth in a week.

- The victims' raft was pushed into a vertical position causing them to come into contact with ride machinery and sustain fatal injuries.

RIDE HISTORY

- Police investigations revealed multiple incidents involving the ride in the past including one in 2004 in which two rafts collided and a guest was thrown into the trough.

- Despite recommendations a single emergency stop be installed on the ride's main control panel, no single shutdown function was available.

STAFF TESTIMONY

- Top Dreamworld operator Peter Nemeth did not know conveyor belt would take nine seconds to stop after the panel button was pushed. The emergency button outside the main control area would stop it in two seconds.

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- Dreamworld electricians said they repeatedly raised concerns with supervisors about wiring inside the ride's main control panel which an expert described as a "rat's nest".

- Staff described the ride as one of the "most complex" to operate in the park while the lead police investigator said the control panel was "confusing".

- Courtney Williams only received 90 minutes of training before being stationed at Thunder River Rapids.

- Attractions supervisor Sarah Cotter told police pump failures on Thunder River Rapids were "happening frequently" in week preceding tragedy.

- Several staff said they were unaware of Dreamworld policy stating a ride should be shut down after two failures in 24 hours, believing a third was needed for a supervisor to be notified.

- Engineering general manager admitted the ride "should never have opened" if they had known about malfunctions.

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OTHER EVIDENCE

- Government registration of the Thunder River Rapids and other rides at the park were more than nine months overdue.

- Dreamworld executives met in March 2016 and announced cutbacks to maintenance and repair spending due to falling profits.

- Workplace Health and Safety inspectors identified a "litany of concerns' including missing slats from conveyor belt, excess corrosion, crumbling concrete and unidentified controls.

- Crucial modifications to the attraction had never been approved by WPHS

WHAT THE VICTIMS' FAMILIES HAVE SAID

- Relatives of two victims said in a statement they held Dreamworld "totally responsible" for the deaths.

WHAT'S NEXT?

- Coroner will hand down findings in 2019.

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