Joint-development of bespoke safety system

UK parcel carrier Yodel has joined forces with trailer manufacturer Cartwright to develop an innovative new safety gate system for its trailer fleet.

The new system was bespoke designed and custom engineered to protect operatives from falling items when trailers are opened.

The system comprises two bifold mesh gates which can be opened individually, replacing the standard fabric net.

Andy Johnson, Director of Health, Safety, Environment and 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.”

The new safety gate 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 reorganised or removed in a controlled manner.

The design was developed in consultation with Yodel workers. The resulting prototype is being piloted on Yodel’s latest consignment of 50 single-deck, twin axle trailers from Cartwright, before being rolled out across the wider fleet.