Designed to protect

Designed to protect

As a large number of construction equipment accidents are attributable to slip and fall. Actually much of the potential for improvement lies in innovative design.  Sturdy anti-slip steps and rails that guide operators into a wide aperture cab are a must, but operators need to make sure that these steps aren’t covered in mid, ice or oil.  Adopting a three point stance to get into the cab, and coming down facing the steps when leaving it, are the safest methods of entry/exit.

It isn’t just about safety. Health is also important.  Volvo has targeted the internal and external vibration and noise levels of its machines for continued reduction.  Low emission, low noise engines are fitted, as are anti- vibration components that have to deal with a variety of operating conditions and hock inputs, from rough terrain to accidental impacts and unloading/loading heavy burdens. 

Modern Construction equipment now comes offered with a host of safety features such as roll over/ falling over cab projection; full dual circuit brake systems; overload indicators and hydraulic attachments brackets.  Even less technical items

such as inclined ladders that make it easier to get in and out of the machines are valuable. 

Operator fatigue and the ensuing lack of concentration it leads to is a major factor in many site accidents –making operators as comfortable as possible offers real safety advantages.

Essential machine safety features:

  • Control systems to support operator in the work cycle.
  • Cab comfort to support operator. 
  • Easy entry and exit.
  • Easy daily maintenance.

Repetitive strain injuries are also something to be considered, especially in duty cycle work such as truck loading. This was the inspiration behind Volvo’s wheel loader Comfort Drive Control (CDC) system, which features an adjustable armrest that houses a small lever the operator moves with his fingers to steer the machine. This lessens the monotonous and strenuous turning of the steering wheel, reducing the risk of injury.