Safe roller operation for civil contractors

Like all heavy machinery, vibratory rollers can be dangerous and there are some situations that an operator should be mindful of to complete a job safely.

Whether you’re using a smooth drum or padfoot roller, all are big, heavy machines, and they present a high possibility for crushing injuries if not used correctly.

This could be due to rollovers, collisions, running over an object, or a worker being crushed in the articulation.

Like any piece of equipment you use on site, it should come with complete maintenance and safety records, and all equipment operators should be site inducted, be competent in operating the roller, and familiar with the Read more

Do you need a license to operate an excavator?

If you’re looking to hire an excavator, you don’t need a specific license – however, you do have to be deemed a competent operator. The responsibility for this falls onto what Safe Work Australia refers to as a PCBU or person conducting a business or undertaking.

The need for specific licenses for every machine was abolished by workplace health and safety regulators nearly ten years ago. These days, if you are operating any of the following machinery which is classed as EPC (earthmoving and particular crane), you don’t need a specific license.

This equipment includes common earthmoving machinery such as excavators, loaders and graders.

Earthmoving equipment that does not

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What safety means to me: Gavin Atkinson

At Orange Hire, we’re proud of our people and their commitment to safety. In this article, our Brisbane Workshop Manager Gavin explains how working safely is an ingrained part of the culture at Orange Hire.

Why is safety important to you from a personal perspective?

Outside of work, my wife and I are very physically active people. I would be devastated if a workplace accident was to impact that.

What kind of things does Orange Hire encourage, celebrate and acknowledge to ensure everyone has a focus on safety?

Orange Hire encourages all employees to have input on safety observations every morning during pre-start meetings. We like to pick the top Read more


What our happy customers say

We promise fast, safe, professional and friendly service – here’s what some of our customers have to say:

  • Trent
    Orange Hire Customer
    Good range of excellent equipment.
  • Dave
    Orange Hire Customer
    Great service and price!
  • Jonathon
    Orange Hire Customer

    Great company with very affordable prices compared to the bigger hire companies who charge a ridiculous price. Staff were excellent and Tara is lovely.

  • Brandon
    Orange Hire Customer

    The best service and equipment. I highly recommend Orange Hire based on my experience. A friendly, helpful team and prompt delivery.

  • Customer
    Hofly Group
    Excellent customer service. Staff are patient and easy to communicate with.
  • Laya
    Orange Hire Customer

    Great people to deal with, 5 star service! Thanks Natasha and the team.

  • Peter
    Hazell Bros Group

    I’m very happy with the service from Orange Hire and the quality of the plant – I wouldn‘t change anything.

  • George
    Mack Civil

    You guys have done a great job and have come a long way in the past few years.

  • Stephen
    JNC Group

    The team is very super friendly, nothing is ever a problem and issues are dealt with in a timely manner.