News State QLD News Dreamworld staff to sue theme park for ‘significant psychological injuries’

Dreamworld staff to sue theme park for ‘significant psychological injuries’

dreamworld inquest
The Thunder River Rapids ride had a history of failures before the multiple fatalities. Photo: AAP
Twitter Facebook Reddit Pinterest Email

Dreamworld staff who were first on scene at the Thunder River Rapids ride tragedy are suing the theme park for psychological trauma.

Safety officers John Clark, Shane Green and Rebecca Ramsey, along with engineer Paul Burke, will file a statement of claim against their former employer for “significant psychological injuries”.

An inquest into the deaths of Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi heard widespread failures meant safety issues on the ride were not identified.

Shine Lawyers solicitor Tina Ibraheem said the former staff members were “struggling”.

“Nobody should ever have to see what they were confronted with when they entered that trench,” Ms Ibraheem said in a statement.

“The victims’ bodies were so badly disfigured from crush and compression injuries that these first aid officers were completely helpless, there was nothing they could do.

“The nation was overcome with grief and everybody tried to piece together in their minds what happened to those innocent people as they were dragged into that machinery.

“Our clients, however, saw exactly what happened to the four bodies and they have to live with those images for the rest of their lives.”

Ms Ibraheem said it was too early to determine when the claim would be lodged and how much compensation the former employees would be seeking.

All four staff members have since left their jobs at Dreamworld.

Three of the four staff will give evidence at the inquest, which Ms Ibraheem said would be a “constant reminder of what they saw”.

“They tried to maintain some normality in their lives, they tried to go back, but they couldn’t,” Ms Ibraheem said.

An inquest into the tragedy resumed this week.

On Monday the court heard some ride repairs were delayed for budgetary reasons and Dreamworld’s safety guidelines had warned of the potential for rafts to tip.

The Thunder River Rapids ride had already broken down twice on the day of the fatal raft collision.

A fortnight of hearings were also held in June with evidence of operator confusion, unclear emergency plans and an under-resourced safety unit.

-with AAP

View Comments