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Published on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Dreamworld operator pleads guilty to charges relating to fatal accident

Dreamworld's parent company Ardent Leisure has pleaded guilty to three charges over the death of four guests in 2016.

A prosecution was brought by Queensland's independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor, Aaron Guilfoyle alleging the company did not provide proper maintenance, adequate safety procedures and sufficient safety training for workers.

Each charge carries a maximum fine of A$1.5 million.

A Thunder River Rapids Ride vehicle flipped over trapping and killing four people.

A coroner's report was published earlier this year which was scathing of the company's safety culture.

Coroner James McDougalla noted a 'systemic failure' by the theme park  to adequately manage 'all aspects' of safety and maintenance.

"There is no evidence that Dreamworld ever conducted a proper risk assessment of the ride in its 30 years of commission," he wrote.

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