Member Alert – Octopus Amusement Ride

A safety alert has now been published on the NT Worksafe website highlighting the need for rigorous inspection and testing of amusement rides in relation to the Octopus Amusement Ride.


A sweep arm of an amusement ride known as The Octopus buckled, causing the corresponding sweep support rod to break at the Fred’s Pass Show in May 2019.

The ride took two revolutions before coming to a stop, whereby the gondola attached to the arm of the ride, carrying two adult patrons crashed to the ground.

A structural condition report, which included a welding inspection report, was commissioned as part of the NT WorkSafe investigation.

During setup at a separate community event the following month, NT WorkSafe issued an improvement notice on a Swinging Chair Ride owned by a different company, requiring the re-inspection by a competent person. Non-destructive testing (NDT) conducted as part of the inspection found cracks in the main shaft of the ride.

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