Rides at Tamworth Show go under the microscope
SafeWork NSW are on the ground at this year’s Tamworth Show, checking amusement rides and speaking to ride operators to help ensure safety.
Head of SafeWork Natasha Mann said SafeWork Inspectors will attend the location today and tomorrow to carry out compliance inspections of all amusement rides and devices.
“Rides which are not maintained or operated properly can cause serious injuries and deaths, as we have tragically seen interstate,” Ms Mann said.
“SafeWork will inspect the setup of amusement rides before the show opens to the public, along with targeted verification audits on identified high-risk amusement devices like various roller coasters.
“Inspectors will also be looking for other safety issues such as non-compliant electrical installations, access in and out of the show, and the safe movement of forklifts and other vehicles around pedestrians.
“Thousands of people are expected to attend the Show this weekend. SafeWork Inspectors will be out there to enforce the safety responsibilities of the organisers, ride operators and stall holders. We want to ensure that safety is their number one priority so that everyone has a great day out.”
Amusement ride operators are responsible for implementing effective service and maintenance schedules to ensure rides are safe to use. They are also responsible for providing a safe system of work and appropriate training for their workers to operate the rides safely.
For further information visit the SafeWork NSW website.