The incident at the Melbourne Royal Show that left a woman in critical condition is still being looked into.
A woman who was hit by a ride at the Melbourne Royal Show on Sunday is still in very bad shape in the hospital.
WorkSafe is looking into how the 26-year-old got hit, but police think she may have walked onto the Rebel Coaster’s tracks to get her phone.
After the accident, which happened at about 5:45 p.m. at the Melbourne Showgrounds in Ascot Vale, the ride was shut down.
Monday, the roller coaster was still closed as investigators tried to figure out what happened before the injury. This has put a cloud over the return of the Melbourne Royal Show, which did not happen in 2020 or 2021.
Early reports from yesterday said the woman might have fallen off the ride, but show organizers said that was not the case.
CEO of the Melbourne Royal Show Brad Jenkins said that there was nothing wrong with the ride itself.
He said, “It was a terrible accident, and from what I’ve heard, she went to get a phone. It had nothing to do with the ride itself, a problem, or anything like that.”
“I talked to the operator late last night, and they were just as upset as the rest of the show community,” I said.
Sonya Kilkenny, a government minister in Victoria, said she was thinking about the woman who was hurt and the rest of the people at the show.
“I know that Victoria Police and Worksafe have been told about it, and they will now look into what happened,” she said.
Ride operators are having trouble with insurance
Damian De Jong, who runs the company that makes rides, Action Events, said that the incident would have a lasting effect on the show community.
“It’s terrible when things like this happen. It’s not good for the industry, and it’s not good for the person who got hurt. It’s a terrible accident,” he said.
People who run amusement rides have said that insurance companies have quit the business because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. De Jong said that insurance premiums for amusement rides have gone up 400% in the last three years, which has caused many ride owners to leave the business.
“In our industry, we’re all living on borrowed time because the insurance company has a lot of control over us, and if [the Rebel Coaster operator] loses his insurance, he can’t run his business, and he’s out of business.”
“I’ve been in this business for 30 years, and I’ve never seen it this bad.”