Where to Put Mirrors on Your Paver for Optimal Safety
BY John Ball
One way to increase visibility on any piece of heavy equipment is with mirrors. These are absolutely vital for equipment that will be backing or that has blind spots where ground personnel enter and work.
For one paving crew, the use of a convex mirror on the paver’s tractor offered the paver and screed operators a better view of the endgates, the head of material reaching the endgates, and the side of the paver. They placed an 8-inch convex mirror on a rod with a round, 60-pound magnet on the tractor. This gave the paver operator more visibility without causing him to strain his back or neck while looking at the areas that are important for quality paving. It’s a safety feature the crew has added.
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have caught onto how important it is to have movable, convex mirrors, too. Some roller OEMs provide these as standard equipment on the front and/or back drums. Some OEMs offer convex mirrors as options in a more robust safety package.
However you get the mirrors onto your equipment, it’s a good idea to consider.
John Ball is the proprietor of Top Quality Paving & Training, Manchester, New Hampshire. He provides personal, on-site paving consulting services around the United States and into Canada. For more information, contact him at (603) 493-1458 or firstname.lastname@example.org.