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Coroner Wants Rollers To Be Redesigned

THE design of a road roller involved in the death of a worker who was struck down by the vehicle is unsatisfactory the State Coroner has found.Kym Greenhalgh, 50, died in April 2008 when he was hit by a road roller driven by the now-deceased Clive Fisher while sealing a road near Meadows.

Mr Greenhalgh was walking behind a truck that was driving over the newly laid bitumen to fill in patches while heavy rollers were driving along the new section to smooth its surface.Today State Coroner Mark Johns said the design of the Dynapac DM83 multi-tyred roller was unsatisfactory because it required its driver to operate the vehicle while looking over their shoulder.can be assumed that for some three or more hours Mr Fisher had been operating the vehicle in reverse with his head turned to look over his shoulder, Mr Johns said.

my view it is extremely unsatisfactory that any worker should be required to spend half of his working day twisted in an attitude which enables him to see over his shoulder while operating a heavy vehicle such as a multi roller. Johns said the cause of the accident was error because as Mr Fisher's vehicle began drifting towards the truck, he attempted to correct the steering, but did so in the wrong direction.may well have been that Mr Greenhalgh, who was universally acknowledged as a particularly careful and safety conscious worker, did not see that the roller was heading in his direction, he said.

may have assumed - quite understandably - that he was in a safe position immediately behind the truck. Johns recommended the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and the Minister for Industrial Relations at both State and Federal levels develop a strategy to improve the unsafe method of operation of the rollers.

should be possible to implement machine designs that would enable an operator to be facing in a forward position while the vehicle is in fact reversing, 150cc go kart parts ,he said.simply cannot accept that the present unsatisfactory state of affairs where a driver has to spend half of his working day reversing a vehicle and twisting to look over his shoulder to do so, is the only way in which a road surface can be properly compacted.

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