Ireland: Beware of Rollover Protection Systems

Ireland's Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has issued an “urgent warning” to the construction industry on the dangers associated with rollover protection systems that do not meet national and international safety standards.

A rollover protection system is designed to reduce the possibility of a seat-belted machine operator being crushed in the event of a machine rollover. According to HSA, failure to provide such a system on earth-moving machinery can lead to serious injury or death for the operator.

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2005 require that all rollover protection systems comply with Machinery Directive 98/37 and subsequent revisions. The Machinery Directive requires that all rollover protection systems be designed, manufactured and tested to recognized standards.

Rollover protection systems also must comply with BS EN 474-6:2000, BS EN 13510:2000 and ISO 3471:1994.

What to Look for

Rollover protection Systems must be labeled in accordance with the above standards. According to HSA, the label should be permanently attached to the structure. The label should provide:

  • The name and address of the manufacturer.
  • The rollover protection system identification number (if any).
  • The machine make and model for which the rollover protection system is designed.
  • The machine mass for which the system is designed.
  • Other information, as deemed appropriate.

If a rollover protection system does not have this label and information attached, HSA advises users to contact their supplier immediately.

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