Easter Show carnival is accused of having his “Cha Cha ride” just two days after a young boy died
- The operator of the carnival drives in court after the fatal fall of a six-year-old boy
- Paramedics were called to the carnival after Easter Monday 2017
- Wittingslow Carnivals are accused of violating health and safety in the workplace
A ride with the Easter show was allowed to reopen for two days after a six-year-old boy died during a Victorian carnival.
Eugene Mahauariki’s life support was turned off four days after he fell off the Cha Cha ride at the Rye Easter Carnival 2017.
Ride operator Wittingslow Carnivals was accused of violating workplace safety laws by not ensuring that people were not exposed to risks.
Victoria’s security guard dog at the workplace made the ride reopen two days after the April 17 incident, Melbourne Magistrates Court was told Wednesday.
Eugene Mahauariki’s life support was turned off four days after he fell from the Cha Cha ride at the Rye Easter Carnival 2017
Paramedics hurried to the scene on Easter Monday 2017 after the boy fell off the ride and was transported to the Royal Children’s Hospital
The Cha Cha can still be operated, but is not currently being used.
Eugene was the son of a Wittingslow employee and was on the ride alongside another six-year-old when he slipped under his lap, according to a summary of the prosecutor.
Seat belts were attached to the Cha Cha after the boy fell and before WorkSafe issued an improvement report seven months later.
The ride was then stopped and dismantled again, with further changes before it was allowed to operate again.
The court was told that it was certified by an engineer before the 2017 accident.
Andrew Palmer QC acted for WorkSafe and said he did not claim that the ride had violated national standards.
Seat belts were attached to the Cha Cha after the boy fell and before WorkSafe issued an improvement report seven months later
Ride operator Wittingslow Carnivals was charged with violating health and safety standards in the workplace
“The design of the head restraints was flawed because, in our case, they allow a rider, Mr. Mahauariki, to slip and be thrown out of the ride,” Palmer said.
He said the ride should have had seat belts at the time of the accident.
The hearing with committals, which will determine whether Wittingslow is on trial, will continue.
Wittingslow Carnivals Pty Ltd was sued by Worksafe Victoria in 2018 for the incident for violating workplace laws after endangering people for health and safety risks.
Paramedics rushed to the scene on Easter Monday 2017 after the boy had fallen off the ride.
He was transported to Royal Children’s Hospital.
In 2017, grieving parents, father Stacey and mother Tammy, described him as a ‘happy, friendly and caring boy’ who ‘loved nothing more than dancing’.
“Although our hearts are broken, it is important for us to remember Eugene as we knew him and loved him,” they said in a statement.
“Eugene was loved by so many people and he brought us, his brother and four sisters, extended family, friends and community so much joy and happiness in his short life.”
“He was an energetic boy and he loved playing with his brothers and sisters and his beloved two dogs.”
“We couldn’t have been more proud of him and couldn’t imagine our world without him.”
“We want to thank the staff of the Royal Children’s Hospital who took care of Eugene and all those who supported us last week.”
In 2017, grieving parents, father Stacey and mother Tammy, described him as a ‘cheerful, kind and caring boy’ who ‘loved nothing more than dancing’