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Vic Spectator Safety Review Completed

Tuesday, 12th July 2011

Meanwhile Racing Victoria “has completed a major review of spectator safety at Victorian racecourses, as requested by Victorian Minister For Racing Dr Denis Napthine”. This review “was in response to an incident during the conduct of the Grand Annual Steeplechase at Warrnambool Racecourse on May 5 that resulted in the injury of a number of spectators”. A major focus of the review (overseen by the RV OHS & Risk Sub-Committee) was to “examine the particulars of the Warrnambool incident & record the comprehensive action being taken to minimise the risk of a reoccurrence”. In order “to ensure the knowledge gained from the review is fully shared & applied on an industry-wide basis”, the report recommended a 4-step action plan, including: that RV “communicates with race clubs to advise them of their general OHS obligations, in particular to minimise the risk of loose horses posed to spectators/bystanders”; that RV’s “annual training program for race club managers specifically features the incident at Warrnambool to encourage & assist clubs to identify risks posed by loose horses to spectators/bystanders”; that clubs conduct risk assessments of perimeter fencing; RV “incorporates as part of its safety protocols for race clubs the requirement for a safety inspection of perimeter fencing to be completed & confirmed to RV on an annual basis”. The Minister For Racing “has advised RV in writing that he endorses these recommendations & accordingly RV will implement the plan of action immediately”.

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