The roller coaster that hit Shylah Rodden almost a year ago will return to the Melbourne Royal Show despite an ongoing investigation into its operators.
The 27-year-old was hit by the Rebel Rollercoaster at full speed during last year’s event, in an incident which attracted worldwide attention after the video surfaced online.
Shylah was thrown nine meters into the air by the speeding vehicle after trying to retrieve a dropped phone on September 24.
She faces years of rehabilitation after suffering a serious brain injury.
Shylah Rodden’s life was destroyed when she was hit by the wayward roller coaster at last year’s Melbourne Royal Show.
Horrific footage showed Shylah Rodden (pictured in black) moments before being hit by the Rebel Coaster during the Melbourne Royal show on September 24.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal spectators in 2023 will have to pay $15 to ride the roller coaster, which offers “dips, loops, sharp turns and plenty of thrills”.
The ride’s operators could still face charges from the safety watchdog, which has remained tight-lipped over the past year.
A WorkSafe spokesperson only told Daily Mail Australia this week that its investigation remained “ongoing”.
However, it is understood that a dedicated team of inspectors and engineers will inspect each operational ride at this year’s event before the gates open.
A spokesperson for the Melbourne Royal Show told Daily Mail Australia on Friday that organizers had installed additional CCTV cameras at the event site, particularly within the carnival grounds, to provide greater coverage and better images of activity on the rides.
“We once again express our sympathies to Shylah and her family following the incident at the 2022 show. We also send our thoughts to the passersby who witnessed the incident,” the spokesperson said in a statement. communicated.
Organizers reiterated that the Rebel Coaster and all other rides at the show are independently owned and operated.
“We have continued to work with ride operators, WorkSafe, independent engineers and authorities to review the safety and operation of all rides on site to ensure they are safe before they open to the public,” the spokesperson said. word.
The Melbourne Royal Show is scheduled to open on September 21 and run until October 1.
Shylah Rodden’s long struggle
News of the roller coaster’s inclusion in the event will come as little surprise to Shylah’s long-suffering family.
Shylah’s loved ones have largely avoided the spotlight over the past year after being targeted by heartless trolls who blamed her for her own tragic fate.
They had criticized the show’s organizers for reopening the ride just days after the incident.
It had been given the green light after a WorkSafe inspection concluded it was “safe”.
A Melbourne Royal Show spokeswoman said “the safety and wellbeing of our show visitors continues to be our number one priority” (pictured, The Royal Melbourne Show)
Shylah’s sister, Caisha Rodden, who stood vigil at the bedside of worried family members, described in one word her family’s disgust at the time.
“Shameful,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
Caisha did not respond to questions this week. The news of her sister’s recovery remains a mystery.
How the Shylah Rodden Incident Happened
The day she was hit by the roller coaster, Shylah was working on a friend’s stand at the Melbourne Royal Show.
The couple was on a break when they decided to take a few walks to kill time.
It is understood Shylah dropped her phone while on the roller coaster and police believe she walked onto the tracks of the high-speed ride to retrieve the device.
Shocking footage released via a tasteless TikTok video showed the moment of impact.
Government sources told Daily Mail Australia shortly after the incident that what caused Shylah to jump onto the tracks was not a matter for the safety watchdog.
It is understood WorkSafe’s investigation is largely focused on what the ride operators were doing when Shylah headed towards the tracks.
“His toxicity levels are not relevant to the investigation into whether the manager was doing everything reasonably possible to provide a safe and healthy workplace,” a source told Daily Mail Australia last year.
Questions about the height of the fences around the ride (photo) remain unanswered by show management.
A passenger on the ride can be seen jumping out with her handbag.
A Melbourne Royal Show spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia at the time that WorkSafe had said the ride was safe to reopen.
“The safety and well-being of our show visitors remains our number one priority,” she said in a statement.
“Strict safety protocols are followed in accordance with Victorian WorkSafe regulations. All on-site rides have undergone rigorous compliance inspections and have met all required safety documentation.
Daily Mail Australia then asked organizers to reveal what, if any, new procedures, requirements or improvement notices were issued by the safety watchdog.
The show’s management refused to respond.
Safety inspectors will likely show keen interest in roller coasters at this year’s event.
Spot checks of rides can be carried out at any time by inspectors during the show.
Inspections evaluate factors such as safety systems, wear and tear, maintenance history and whether or not ride operators or attendants have been properly trained.
Shylah ROdden’s condition remains unknown a year after she was hit by roller coaster
Video obtained by Daily Mail Australia last year showed passengers clearly clinging to their belongings as they rode the roller coaster, which moves completely upside down.
Access to the tracks also appeared to be limited by a short fence.
Shylah spent weeks in a coma and many more months at Royal Melbourne Hospital before its release in January.
Arnold Thomas & Becker, Ms. Rodden’s attorneys, confirmed at the time that she had been transferred from the hospital to another health care facility.
A spokesperson for the law firm said: “While this indicates that her condition has stabilized, the injuries she suffered are life-changing.”
Shylah Rodden is on the road to recovery after being thrown nine meters into the air when she was hit by a roller coaster at the Royal Melbourne Show.
The sister of Shylah Rodden (pictured) said she had a long road to recovery and was still unable to communicate with loved ones.
Shylah’s father, Alan Rodden, told Daily Mail Australia shortly after the incident that his daughter had suffered life-changing injuries.
“I can’t talk to my daughter. She’s going to be in a coma for a while,” he said.
“The injuries are horrible. Horrible. She has brain damage. It’s his pelvis, his arms, his legs, his back, his neck – there’s hardly anything that isn’t broken. I just can’t understand how the hell so much damage was done.
“Even the doctors said they hadn’t seen anything this bad in a long time.”
A GoFundMe The fundraiser created to help Shylah’s recovery only raised $36,483 before it closed – a fraction of the millions it will likely need to ensure she lives a comfortable life.
Police revealed the roller coaster was traveling at 70 km/h when it was struck.
Fairground veteran Brendan Mogler was so shaken by the memory of the accident that he left the carnival business after a life spent working on rides.
Mr Mogler said those who witnessed the accident – and had to deal with its devastating consequences – had their lives seriously affected.
“What about the emotional damage (inflicted) on all of us staff members who were working on the roller coaster that day? » » posted the distressed father on Facebook on Monday.
“After working on rides and roller coasters for the past 20 years, I will never work on another ride again.”
Members of the public who have concerns about the safety of a ride should report it to the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089.