UK company SDC Trailers has been shortlisted for Germany’s Trailer Innovation Award in the ‘Concept’ category for its ‘Trombone’ model with on-board safety equipment.
The innovative semi-trailer, built for North Yorkshire-based structural steel company Severfield Rowan, can boast a range of new safety features for loading and securing various different materials such as tubing, decking and raw materials, according to SDC.
“An on-board Mansafe system is available for immediate use, aiming to increase operational efficiency on a busy construction site. An exclusion area is cordoned on both sides of the trailer using yellow extended posts and bungee cord for a fork-lift to safely unload material,” the company explained in a media statement.
Other novel features include a reinforced rear crash barrier, built in straps for securing loads and extra sockets across the bed of the trailer for forward restraint. Twenty-four lockable aluminium side posts provide additional security while confirming to the strength required for transporting heavy loads. Cycle guards have been added to both sides of the trailer to increase safety for inner city transport.
According to SDC, the Trombone design goes above and beyond the current safety requirements and is the first of its kind in the UK.
Managing Director Mark Cuskeran commented, “We are pleased to be shortlisted for this year’s Trailer Innovation Award. The innovative design not only improves safety for the operator and the public, it also enhances operational efficiency and provides a sound return on investment.”
The award presentation will take place next week at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Germany.