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Cartwright designs trailer safety gate

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Trailer manufacturer Cartwright has partnered with parcel carrier Yodel to develop a new safety gate system designed to reduce accidents on its trailer fleet.

Cartwight and Yodel created the system of two bifold mesh gates which can be opened individually, replacing the standard fabric net. The custom-engineered safety gate, developed in consultation with Yodel staff, allows sort and depot operatives to open the back of the trailer and see clearly what is inside, without the risk of loose loaded items falling on them.

If there is a danger that some items may fall, then sections of the bifold gates can be opened individually and the items reorganized or removed in a controlled manner. The prototype is currently being piloted on Yodel’s latest consignment of 50 single-deck, twin axle trailers from Cartwright, before being rolled out across the wider fleet.

Yodel handles more than 145 million parcels every year on behalf of UK retailers. Parcels are sorted at the carrier’s centres in Wednesbury, Shaw and Hatfield, before being sent out to its nationwide network of depots for onward delivery to customers.

Andy Johnson, director of health, safety, environment & quality at Yodel, said: “The health and safety of our colleagues is of the utmost priority and we are proud to have developed this new feature which means a safer working environment.

“Working with key partners, like Cartwright, is part of our ongoing commitment to think outside the box, as we develop solutions to help make the industry safer.”

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