Dreamworld has been called out after CEO Craig Davidson said the theme park’s Cyclone ride was approved to run with one operator.
Australian Workers Union general secretary Ben Swann told Fairfax Media he had emails from Dreamworld staff defending their decision to have one staff member to operate the ride when the guidelines stated it required at least two people.
Davidson said the ride’s operating procedures were approved through "four separate tiers" including an independent ride safety expert and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ).
However, a WHSQ spokesperson denied approving the claims.
'Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland does not approve staffing levels for theme park rides,' the spokesperson told the publication.
'Because of the range of factors that must be taken into account such as number of patrons and competence of staff, the duty is on the person conducting a business or undertaking to assess the risks and put in place appropriate controls to ensure any risks to health and safety are minimised.
'This would include the number of staff required to operate a ride safely.'