Dreamworld tragedy kicks off theme park safety blitz

TUESDAY'S fatal accident at Dreamworld's has started a month-long State Government safety blitz on amusement park rides.

Four people were killed on the Thunder River Rapids ride, closing down the entire park as police investigate what could have caused the tragedy. 

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said urgent action was required to ensure the safety of theme park visitors in the aftermath. 

"Tuesday's tragic events reverberated around Australia and the world, and my heart goes out to the family and friends of those who lost their lives," she said.

"These events are being thoroughly investigated by authorities and in addition to this, safety auditors will be hitting Queensland theme parks from today.

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"The public safety blitz will commence today at Dreamworld, before rolling out to Wet'n'Wild, Sea World, Aussie World, Australia Zoo and Movie World.

"The audits will be completed by the end of November and be carried out by specialist inspectors and engineers.

"They'll be looking at records inspection, maintenance and repair and manufacturer documentation in our theme parks.

"Ride operator training and procedure records, along with controls and processes for taking out and returning equipment to service will also come under the spotlight in these safety audits."

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