A KEANE EYE: Clarification on site dumpers

That was certainly not the intention: like other items of plant, if operated according to manufacturer guidelines and site conditions, they are a safe and productive item of equipment. Issues such as operation of equipment on slopes, working close to excavations, separation of pedestrian from vehicle traffic, maintenance of haul roads, use of seatbelts on equipment where rollover is a possibility and operating equipment at a speed appropriate to the site conditions are applicable to many classes of equipment operated on a construction site, and can be managed to maintain a safe working environment. It was not intended to suggest that site dumpers carried any greater risks than other classes of equipment, or that potential areas of risk could not be managed to maintain a safe working environment.If any other interpretation has been made of the story, I apologise for not being sufficiently clear in expressing my views.

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