Encon invests in ‘safety first’ Bevan bodied DAF trucks 16 January 2012

Encon has commissioned eight new DAF rigids from Fraikin, with curtainside bodies by Bevan Group, to add to its distribution fleet.

The first two 26-tonners and a 7.5-tonner are already in service with the Wetherby-based firm, while the remaining vehicles – another 26-tonner, a 32-tonner and three 7.5-tonners – are scheduled to arrive by the end of January.

The new trucks are the subject of a contract hire deal – Fraikin bought the chassis, and its technical team worked with Bevan to design and specify the bodies, to suit Encon's needs.

Seven vehicles will be used to deliver Encon's range of thermal and acoustic insulation, interior building products, and fire protection and roofing materials. The last 26-tonner, however, will wear the livery of Encon's Nevill Long division, which specialises in drywalls, suspended ceilings and partitioning.

All will have automatic transmissions for enhanced fuel economy and driver comfort, while the six- and eight-wheelers will carry Moffett fork-lifts.

"We worked closely with Bevan and Fraikin on this project," recalls Encon facilities manager Barbara Sudlow.

"Improvements were made in the construction of the bodies to improve operational efficiency. More important, though, was the need to support and protect the driver and other road users, so health and safety was our priority."

Bevan's bodies feature reinforced flush bulkheads and additional load security measures to prevent load slippage. Also, a portable ladder allows the driver to access the vehicle deck at any point, while Bevan's Skyhook harness incorporates an inertia reel and provides ultimate safety for drivers working at height.

John Challen

Related Companies
Bevan Group Bodies Ltd
DAF Trucks Ltd
Fraikin Ltd

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