Ride staff stressed – in­quest

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THE Dream­world in­quest has heard staff op­er­at­ing the Thun­der River Rapids Ride had to per­form “one task ev­ery sec­ond” and it was in­evitable their per­for­mance would suf­fer, says an ex­pert in hu­man be­hav­iour.

On the fi­nal day of the in­quest, Pro­fes­sor of Cog­ni­tive En­gi­neer­ing and Hu­man Psy­chol­ogy Pene­lope Sanderson said the stress of the 2016 in­ci­dent would have also af­fected re­ac­tion times.

The in­quest has had ex­ten­sive hear­ings to de­ter­mine the cause of the ac­ci­dent.

It has un­cov­ered mul­ti­ple mal­func­tions on the ride in the days up to the Oc­to­ber 25 deaths that should have trig­gered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and in­spec­tion of the ride.

Coro­ner James McDougall will hand down his find­ings next year.

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