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Freighter wins safety award for trailer design

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article image Freighter’s 1.7m wide walkway improves safety when working on extendable semi-trailers

Leading trailer brand Freighter has won an award at the annual Steel Transport Safety Network Awards. 

The ‘Safety Improvement Initiative Award’ was presented to Freighter for modifications made to the standard design of its extendable semi-trailer. Instead of the usual bare main rails between deck sections when the trailer is extended, Freighter has engineered a walkway that folds out around the main rails as the trailer extends, providing drivers and staff with a safe walkway between the front and rear sections of the extended trailer, and eliminating the risk of falling between the gaps in the main rails.

Technical Manager, Greg Brown who accepted the award on behalf of the Company said that the new trailer design was engineered based on a request from their customer OneSteel, who wanted to improve driver safety when working in and around extendable trailers. 

At OneSteel’s request, Freighter designed an extendable trailer with a 1.7m wide walkway that folds out between the two main decks of the trailer, allowing workers to safely walk between decks without risk of falling.

OneSteel National Transport Safety Manager, Paul Driver explains that the innovation reflects their commitment to safety. OneSteel has rigid safety codes of practice within the business to eliminate risk. The special Freighter extendable came about after the identification of a fall risk from extendable trailers. 

Paul said the resultant trailer has been well received and the innovative new Freighter design would now be specified as standard whenever the company requires new extendable semi-trailers in the future.

Freighter trailers are available from MaxiTRANS Australia Pty Ltd .

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