Scrap the risks and be secure
‘‘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.