Operators welcome safe access to roll-back trailers

A CUSTOM-made platform has solved an occupational health and safety access issue for Australia's largest producer of road transport trailing solutions.

A CUSTOM-made platform has solved an occupational health and safety access issue for Australia’s largest producer of road transport trailing solutions.

Most trailers can be accessed relatively easily via an opening at the back over the bumper. However, the increasing demand for a new style of ‘roll-back’ trailer was posing an OHS challenge for trailer manufacturer, MaxiTRANS.

Operators who needed access to the rear of these trailers would have to climb up on the chassis and mudguards to gain entrance, stepping over the back of axles in the process.

Manufacturing engineer at MaxiTRANS, Bill West, says the major OHS issue was that employees would need to be working at a height of two metres, with difficult access to the trailer.

“We have a lot of mobile step ladders but nothing specifically for this purpose that would enable employees to step safely into the roll-back trailers. We’re doing a lot more of this style of trailer and so decided we needed a more permanent solution.”

There was no ready-made access product that exactly fitted the company’s requirements, so MaxiTRANS decided to work together with No Bolt to develop a custom-made solution to this OHS challenge.

MaxiTRANS worked together with No Bolt on a custom-made version of the height safety specialist’s safe loading access platforms.

The resulting solution is a safe access platform that suits all common size roll-back trailers. It is positioned between the wheels of the trailer, enabling employees to step into the trailer with a maximum 100mm step up or down.

“Two people simply wheel it into position for full access,” West said.

“The wheels lock into position along the side of the trailer to give people full and safe access, as the platform has safety railings at the required heights.”

West says that operators can be required to go up and down off the trailer constantly, so the access platform enables MaxiTRANS to mitigate the significant OHS risk of people stepping over the back of axles.

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