February 5, 2023

The operator of Dreamworld has been charged with a series of alleged safety violations in a maintenance accident, six years after the deaths of four people on the park’s Thunder River Rapids Ride.

Ardent Leisure, operator of the Gold Coast theme park, has been charged with failing to comply with health and safety requirements during planned work on the Tailspin ride on February 23, 2021.

The latest alleged breach comes after Ardent Leisure pleaded guilty to a number of charges following the deadly tragedy of October 2016 and was ordered to pay $3.6 million fine.

Dreamworld operator Ardent Leisure has been charged with safety breaches linked to a maintenance accident on the Tailspin ride (pictured)

The Queensland Occupational Health and Safety Attorney alleged that Ardent failed to ensure the Tailspin ride's boom (pictured) was secured to anchor points and baseplates during maintenance work

The Queensland Occupational Health and Safety Attorney alleged that Ardent failed to ensure the Tailspin ride’s boom (pictured) was secured to anchor points and baseplates during maintenance work

The presiding judge chided the company in September 2020 for failing to take steps to minimize the risk of injury or death that would have been “cheap” and “only slightly inconvenient.”

Now the operator has been accused of failing to ensure workers knew the correct procedures before dismantling six of the 12 aircraft-shaped nacelles on the Tailspin site courier post reported.

One of the new allegations is that maintenance workers didn’t even have a copy of the manufacturer’s 2014 driver’s manual before they started.

The work involved the partial dismantling of the ride’s giant boom arm that holds the gondolas.

But the Queensland Attorney for Health and Safety alleges Ardent Leisure failed to ensure the boom was secured to anchor points and base plates during maintenance.

“The dismantling work was dangerous in that it posed a risk to the workers, namely injury and/or injury from falling objects when the arm was raised or otherwise moved in an uncontrolled manner,” the court documents said.

It was also claimed that workers were not instructed in the safest way to carry out the work in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and despite this were not prevented from starting the work.

The court documents claimed that Ardent Leisure “should have eliminated or minimized the risk to the extent reasonably practicable” but did not.

The Health and Safety Attorney filed his complaint in November, which was heard in Southport Magistrates Court on Monday.

Ardent Leisure acknowledged that Workplace Health and Safety Queensland had made a complaint about

Ardent Leisure acknowledged that Workplace Health and Safety Queensland had made a complaint about “an incident that occurred during planned maintenance work on the Tailspin”.

The case was adjourned but will return to court in February.

Ardent Leisure acknowledged that Workplace Health and Safety Queensland had made a complaint about “an incident that occurred during planned maintenance work on the Tailspin”.

It noted that the ride was closed to guests at the time, noting that “no one was injured as a result of the event.”

It said: “The safety of our employees is just as important to Dreamworld as the safety of our guests”.