Dreamworld Tragedy Inquest: Former Boss Claims Safety Department Funding Was 'Inadequate'

A former Dreamworld boss claims funding to the park's safety department was "inadequate" when four people were killed on the Thunder River Rapids River.

Angus Hutchings was Ardent Leisure's safety manager at the time of the 2016 disaster.

On Monday he told the inquest into the fatal Dreamworld accident there were "deficiances" in the corporate structure at the themepark.

“Safety didn’t report to engineering or operations and vice versa," Hutchings said.

"Everyone thought it was someone else's responsibility."

The Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld, after the accident in 2016 (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

At the time of the tragedy, Hutchings was juggling two roles after being promoted to the head of safety for Ardent Leisure.

"I wasn't effective in either role...I wasn't superman," he said.

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The witness claimed that on at least two occasions he asked the then Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson for another person to boost the safety team.

But the court heard the extra staff members were only hired after the fatal malfunction.

Young girls walk through a floral tribute outside the Dreamworld Theme Park on the Gold Coast following the accident. Image: AAP

Hutchings, who was made redundant from the theme park in July, is the most senior company figure to give evidence.

Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi died when two rafts on the Thunder River Rapids ride flipped and crashed into each other in October 2016.

Four former park employees are suing Dreamworld for psychological injuries suffered on the day of the tragedy.

The inquest is due to sit for the next two weeks.