Carnival charges dropped


CHARGES of negligence against a Rye carnival proprietor were dropped in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court last week.

Worksafe had charged Wittingslow Amusements with failing to ensure people were not exposed to risks to their health or safety following the death of a boy on Easter Monday 2017.

The six-year-old was flung out of the Cha Ch ride when he slipped under a guard rail. He died in the Royal Children’s Hospital four days later.

The ride, built in 1961, was checked by engineers in December 2016 and no defects found.

The ride was closed for two days after the fatality and seat belts fitted. It was allowed to run until November 2017 when WorkSafe ordered it to be dismantled and fitted with longer lap bars.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 3 March 2020


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