Scrap the risks and be se­cure

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‘‘We wanted to stop driv­ers get­ting on the back of the truck,’’ said Dar­ren Par­ring­ton, NSW trans­port man­ager for OneS­teel Re­cy­cling.

Cur­rently they have to climb on the back, throw a chain over it, and tarp it, but with this body there’s no need for the driver to get on the truck at all.

What he came up with was a vari­a­tion on the Mar­rell lift truck theme that fully en­closed the skip and its load of scrap metal once it was loaded and cov­ered over­head with a roll­back tarp that can be moved into place while the driver’s feet are safely planted on the ground.

The skip bins are loaded and un­loaded like they are on the reg­u­lar Mar­rell lift truck, but once in place it’s au­to­mat­i­cally locked down, re­mov­ing the need for the driver to clam­ber up and man­u­ally chain it in place.

Cur­tains on the truck sides can be opened, or the sides swung out, to al­low the driver to keep an eye on the skip bin while load­ing or un­load­ing. With the bin se­curely in place and the back doors closed the driver can eas­ily roll the tarp into place to fully en­close the load within the body.

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