Boral has unveiled a new road surfacing truck promising to
revolutionise the method of spray seal road construction in Australia.
The new Boral FMAS, a Forward Moving Aggregate Spreader,
disperses aggregate from the front of the truck via a conveyor belt and spreader box.
Usually this process involved road crews working with reversing trucks that applied the aggregate through an elevated tipper body, increasing the safety risks to workers, the company said.
Boral National Asset Manager – Asphalt Stuart Partridge said Boral designed and developed the FMAS following a call to industry by VicRoads after a serious accident some years ago.
“Surfacing roads has remained one of the most potentially challenging tasks faced by construction crews because of the nature of the material being used and the way that material is applied,” he said.
“Rollover accidents, blind spots, and high reversing tippers that can be at risk of interfering with power lines or overhanging trees, are just some of the problems associated with the current range of spreaders.
“So, the task here was to come up with a solution to improve safety for road crews, including drivers, while at the same time making the process quicker, and more efficient with higher quality.
“This invention allows locally manufactured and approved trucks to be substantially modified while still meeting regulatory standards, which is why VicRoads has mandated that forward moving aggregate spreaders should be in use on all its projects by 2022 – a move we hope will be followed by other State road authorities nationally”.
The launch was held at the Australian Road Research Board’s headquarters, the National Transport Research Centre, in Port Melbourne, Victoria this week.