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Roll-over Protection Systems (ROPS)

Graham Marshall - Friday, September 02, 2011

Roll-overs account for about a third of all deaths involving four wheel drive vehicle accidents in Australia.
But the forces experienced by drivers and passengers during a roll-over are generally not violent and in most cases are easily survivable.
So why do so many people have to die?

Deaths usually occur because of the intrusion of the roof into the occupants' survival space.

In most off-roaders, the A pillars combined with the bonded windscreen account for approximately 30 per cent of the vehicles roof strength and these components rarely survive the initial contact with the road.

At the Risk Tool Box, we support the following initiatives to reduce the road-toll resulting from four-wheeler roll-overs:

1.  The Campaign by the Australian College of Road Safety to have all passenger vehicles in Australia assessed for roll-over propensity and have this factor indicated on new vehicles (click here for more information);

2. Fleet managers to ensure that vehicles used in the mining and resources sectors are fitted with a Roll-over Protection Systems (ROPS) that are manufactured to comply with Australian Standard 1554 and head impact criteria padding that meets Australian Standards Vehicle Safety Bulletin 5a and ADR 3/02.


Heat Stress Increases in Spring-Time

Graham Marshall - Thursday, September 01, 2011
The 1st day of September marks the start of spring down here in the southern hemisphere.

We also open the highest risk time period for exposure to the harmful UV radiation from sunlight.
The risk of exposure to the skin cancer-causing UV increases across Australia, NZ and South Africa
 at this time of year.

Keep your cool as the temperature rises this spring and summer.

Reducing the skin cancer risk is pretty straight forward using a range of positive sun-smart behaviours that everyone can get right.

If it's hot and sunny where you're working or playing outside today, positive sun smart behaviours include the following actions:

  • Cover-up with long a sleeve shirt and long pants and a wide-brimmed hat;
  • Use SPF 30 sun-block on exposed parts of the body;
  • Wear sun-glasses;
  • If possible, avoid working or playing outdoors in the hottest part of the day;
  • Drink enough water for hydration purposes; and
  • Take regular rest-breaks in a shady area.

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