Tail-lift safety barrier launched07 February 2022

Tail Lift Stay Safe is a new working-at-height safety device for tail-lifts. Fixed retaining arms keep rear doors in position, offering side protection from passing traffic and falls from the side of the tail-lift. In addition, a retractable strap across the rear protects against falls.

The permanently-attached device is said to deploy in 30 seconds.

Tail Lift Stay Safe was developed by Niven Whiteoak and Carol Helm. Whiteoak said: "We were approached by a customer to design and develop a system to prevent falls from a tail-lift platform. We have developed, trialled, tested and monitored Tail Lift Stay Safe for over two years on a large fleet of 12t, 18t, and 26t rigids in the pallet network sector. The result is a retaining system that delivers safety with confidence."

Dean Woodyer, managing director of H&M Distribution, has been putting Tail Lift Stay Safe to the test on vehicles within its fleet. "Our staff have embraced this system because it's part of their welfare. We place great emphasis on the safety of the public, the goods in transit and, most importantly, the safety of our drivers. For us, comprehensive training, and using TLSS, means we can sleep easier at night."

Transport Engineer

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