By Annie Guest.
A Brisbane lawyer says she has received calls from witnesses to this week’s deadly incident at Dreamworld
It comes as the Gold Coast theme park hit back at critics on Wednesday, asserting that all ride safety certifications were in place when four people died after a raft overturned on the Thunder River Rapids ride
“Cases like this generally aren’t just freak accidents, it’s generally a series of events or something has actually gone wrong to result in such a significant catastrophic event,” Alison Barrett said.
“Do the directors have reason to be nervous? Most definitely.
“If Dreamworld is prosecuted, the highest penalty is up to $3 million for a corporation. So Dreamworld itself, and then the directors themselves can also be held personally liable and face up to five years in jail and other hefty penalties.”
But Dreamworld said the flume ride had its annual mechanical and structural safety engineering inspection four weeks ago.
“Dreamworld would like to assure the public and our guests that at the time of the incident the park was fully compliant with all required safety certifications,” the statement read.
The man responsible for the last six years of safety audits at Dreamworld, DRA Safety Specialists engineer David Randall, has also released a statement.
“Dreamworld … has demonstrated a commitment to developing and maintaining a strong safety culture across all departments,” it read.