The CFMEU (Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union) has said that it is concerned about a new light vehicle policy being rolled out in 2016 by a large mining company that will not allow ROPS (rollover protection systems) on site.
The company concerned denies that their planned policy will jeopardise the safety of workers as claimed by the CFMEU.
A spokesman for the company has said their research demonstrates that the modern version of a four wheel driver is 80% less likely to roll over than older models and that in fact installing ROPS would reduce the safety of the vehicles because side curtain airbags could not be activated.
These side curtain airbags have been shown to reduce fatal and serious injuries by around 60% the spokesman said.
He said that the company believes that ROPS compromises safety in this instance according to the information that is available from ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) zone data and the research that they have personally conducted.