WA Mines Regulation Act-Current

  • Designated machinery used at a mine must be fitted with a ROPS that complies with Australian Standard AS 2294
  • On-Highway trucks used as WATERING and SERVICING VEHICLES are “Designated”
  • Where a vehicle is used as a water wagon or sevice truck, then roll-over protective structure shall be designed in accordance with the requirements for rigid frame dumpers using the ROPS-only option given in AS 2294 / ISO 3471

The Structure MUST have a plaque affixed similar to this one

Buying & Selection Tips

If you are buying a new truck and you are getting the dealer to fit it out make sure that you get a copy of the test report and ensure that it has been installed by an authorised vehicle modifier. If you are buying a used truck with a ROPS installed make sure that the ROPS is the correct one for the vehicle, check serial numbers and ask for a copy of the manufactures test report. Ensure that the modifiers compliance plate includes the ROPS installation.

A couple of other tips are to have the front axel loadings checked, some manufactures have a standardframe they mass produce and just modify the mounts and bolt it on. Usually designed to take on “All Comers” and are far too heavy. Get the dealer to offer a few options and then direct him to the manufacturer that you believe ticks all the boxes.

Audit / Inspection

The standard recites that any structure with discernible deformation shall not be reused to make sure its in good order. It also recites that no alterations or repairs to a protective structure shall be permitted, this means that all those extra brackets, fixtures and fittings that have been welded on to accomodate a whole range of lights, alarms, GPS trackers, etc have very likely invalidated the manufacturers compliance. Also check for corrosion, loose missing fasteners.

For the appropriate structure for your application, an audit or inspection contact Stalwart

Bit more interesting reading
http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Documents/Safety?MSH_SB_028.pdf
http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Documents/Safety?MSH_SB_126.pdf