FOPS and ROPS in construction


FOPS and ROPS in construction

Posted on 29 May 2024

During Construction Safety Week, which took place from May 6th-13th, we shared valuable insights on the importance of construction safety. Prioritising safety significantly reduces the risk of severe incidents. Continue reading to learn how implementing ROPS (Roll-Over Protective Structures) and FOPS (Falling Object Protective Structures) can help ensure your equipment keeps your employees safe.

What is Falling Object Protective Structure (FOPS)?

FOPS prevents falling objects from penetrating the roof of large machines like excavators, dumpers, and telehandlers.

There are two FOPS levels:

• Level 1: Tested against small tools and bricks.

• Level 2: Designed to withstand larger objects like rocks and trees.

What is Roll Over Protection System (ROPS)?

ROPS protects operators during overturns, provided they use seatbelts correctly.

Three types of ROPS:

• 2-post ROPS: Found on small machinery like micro diggers and mini diggers. Foldable and secured before operating.

• 4-post ROPS: Attached to axles or the machine body, offering greater protection.

• Enclosed cabin: Common in large excavators, dumpers, telehandlers, and rollers. Includes safety glass for additional operator protection.

Health and Safety Changes in Spring 2025:

All machines having a tare weight of over 4.5 tons must have a level 2 FOPS & ROPS cabin.

Check the machine label to verify FOPS & ROPS compliance.

Note that enclosed cabins increase costs, so choose equipment wisely and enhance risk management where needed.

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