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World Australian theme park fined millions for ride deaths

10:05  28 september  2020
10:05  28 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The operator of Australia 's Dreamworld theme park has been fined A.6m (£2m; .5m) over the deaths of four people on a malfunctioning water ride . Park operator Ardent Leisure admitted in July to breaching safety laws. The company said it accepted responsibility and had worked to improve

The park in Coomera has been closed and an investigation is under way. Dreamworld bills itself as Australia 's biggest theme park with more than 50 The Thunder River Rapids ride whisks visitors in circular rafts along a fast-moving artificial river. Dreamworld describes it as a "moderate thrill" attraction.

The owner of Australia's biggest theme park was fined Aus$3.6 million ($2.5 million) Monday for safety failures leading to the deaths of four people on a popular water ride in 2016.

a couple of people that are standing in the grass: Two women and two men died when their rafts collided on the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast © PATRICK HAMILTON Two women and two men died when their rafts collided on the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast

Two women and two men died when their rafts collided on the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, leading prosecutors to file three charges against owner Ardent Leisure in June.

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The owner of Australia 's Dreamworld theme park has pleaded guilty to safety violations on a ride that malfunctioned and killed four people in 2016. Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozbeh Araghi and Cindy Low died almost instantly when their water raft hit another and overturned, crushing them.

The company that owns an Australian theme park where four people died on a river rapids ride will plead guilty to charges stemming from the 2016 tragedy, a lawyer said on Wednesday. Two men and two women died in Dreamworld park on Queensland state’s Gold Coast when their raft flipped on the

A Queensland court found the company had breached the state's workplace health and safety laws but stopped short of the maximum Aus$4.5 million penalty.

Ardent Leisure said it accepted full responsibility and apologised "unreservedly" in a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

Its board and executives expressed their "deepest sympathies" to the victims' families for the "enormous loss to each of them from the terrible tragedy which occurred at Dreamworld... and the ongoing suffering from that loss".

The company, which faced heavy criticism for trying to re-open before the funerals had taken place, said a new leadership had driven a "complete overhaul" of safety procedures at the theme park.

Ardent Leisure said it had compensated the "majority" of families, first responders and others impacted by the tragedy and was working to complete the outstanding claims.

Construction of a memorial to the victims in Dreamworld was put on hold due to the pandemic but work is expected to restart within months, the firm added.

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