Ride-on rollers are most commonly used in the road construction industry but can also be used in agricultural settings or on landfill sites. The roller is used to compact gravel, soil, concrete or asphalt and as such it is heavy, applying a great deal of pressure to the surface it is designed to compact. Because rollers apply such force, they are dangerous and specialist pieces of equipment, so those learning to operate them should receive the appropriate training, sitting a qualification and holding an operator card.
What types of injuries can a roller cause?
A ride-on roller can cause a number of injuries from minor ones to the more serious. Here are some of the most common types of injuries caused:
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
- Broken bones
Anyone operating a ride-on roller who has not received specialist training is not only putting themselves at risk, they are also endangering others, which could lead to an accident at work.
Operating a ride-on roller safely
As with any piece of specialist work equipment, it is important to know how to operate a ride-on roller safely, to prevent injury to yourself and others. Whilst you will be taught how to use the equipment during your training, there are some basic safety rules to follow which will help to reduce the risk of accidents.
You should always steer and manoeuvre slowly when operating the roller – moving too quickly could cause the vehicle to overturn, injuring yourself or others in the vicinity. Driving too quickly could also lead to hitting obstacles – if working on the roads or in a dangerous environment, the consequences could be serious. The roller overturning could also lead to other issues such as fuel leakage. You should never stand in front of a roller or allow anyone else to, when the machine’s engine is running. In addition, you should always ensure that the brakes are firmly applied when the roller comes to a stop and ride-on rollers should never be operated in confined spaces or when people are not aware of their presence, as accidents could occur.
Involved in a ride-on roller accident?
If you are involved in an accident at work with a ride-on roller, you may be eligible to claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has experience in the personal claims industry, so call us today and see how we can help you with your claim for work accident compensation.
Date Published: March 3, 2014
Author: David Brown