Investigators examining the death of an eight-year-old girl at the Royal Adelaide Show will analyse the management and mechanics of the ride.
Ride operators will come under scrutiny in an investigation into the death of an eight-year-old girl at the Royal Adelaide Show.
The girl, who was on holiday with her family from Malaysia, was flung from the Airmaxx 360 ride on Friday in what one witness described as a scene from a horror movie.
She was rushed to hospital with critical injuries but died a short time later.
The ride, which had height restrictions but no age or weight restrictions, was shut down for the final two days of the show.
Another ride was closed for breaching height restrictions on Saturday, with a photograph circulating on social media appearing to show a toddler loosely strapped into the Traffic Jam ride.
Neither ride will operate at the Royal Melbourne Show, which starts this weekend.
SafeWork SA executive director Bryan Russell says the agency’s investigation will examine the ride’s mechanics and whether its operators were meeting standards.
“The investigation involves taking statements from all of the individuals involved in operating the ride, as well as patrons,” he told ABC radio on Monday.
“That will inform our views about the particular attitude and the particular approaches that are being taken by the ride operators in managing the ride.”
Witness Malinda Dunwoodie, 17, said the girl’s safety harness was still in place, but it looked as if she slipped out of her seat before flying through the air like a doll.
“It was like a horror movie,” she told News Corp Australia.
The Airmaxx 360 ride was a new addition to the Adelaide show but operated at shows in Sydney and Brisbane earlier this year without incident.
The investigation into the girl’s death was expected to take some time due to the number of witnesses involved and technical expertise required.
“By and large, all of the show rides worked as they should, and the procedures and the safety outcomes achieved what we were hoping them to achieve,” Mr Russell said.
All rides at the show were subject to daily checks and a national compliance audit.