SafeWork SA inspectors will descend on Rymill and Rundle parks this week to audit amusement rides and food vendors ahead of the Adelaide Fringe.

Ten amusement devices and 25 Food Vendors in the Garden of Unearthly Delights and the adjacent Gluttony site will be audited between 13-17 February.

The 2023 Adelaide Fringe will run from 17 February until 19 March. While it will include events at more than 300 venues across South Australia, the Garden of Unearthly Delights and the adjacent Gluttony Festival in Adelaide’s east park lands form the arts festival’s epicentre.

The proactive SafeWork SA campaign aims to reduce or eliminate the likelihood of incidents and ensure ride operators and food vendors are better informed of their obligations and responsibilities in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Act and Regulations 2012 (SA).

Work Health and Safety compliance notices will be issued where breaches of the Act or Regulations are identified or where critical inspection certificates and registration documentation is not available for review prior to the commencement of the event.

SafeWork SA Acting Executive Director Glenn Farrell said more than a dozen inspectors would be involved in the audits at Rundle and Rymill parks.

‘Amusement device operators are ultimately responsible for the safety of their rides,’ he said.

‘SafeWork SA’s role is to make sure they can demonstrate that their devices are compliant with the WHS laws and are deemed safe to use and operate.

‘The Adelaide Fringe is a highlight on the South Australian calendar and we want nothing more than to see a safe and fun event for all.’