Health and Safety
Current lifting equipment (CLE) used as standard on all HCVs is designed to cover a wide range of applications. On the trailer axle, CLE can be used for one purpose only, that of lifting an axle. By design, it is not a complete solution and requires additional equipment to support the axle.
According to the CLE operating manual, a blocking device is required to support the weight of the axle. Most trucks on South Africa’s roads do not carry a blocking device such as a trestle or axle stand.
Occupational Health and Safety standards require employees to be kept safe. Supplying the right tools for the job helps to minimise safety risks. However, the implementation of safety guidelines is hampered by CLE that requires additional equipment and human effort.
Using the right tools for the job helps to minimise safety risks. However, CLE places the burden on the equipment operator to perform the required steps. Therefore the implementation of safety guidelines is hampered by the fact that CLE requires additional equipment and more effort. Are you 100% confident that your employees are kept safe when you are not watching?
Using a TrestleJack - which is both a jack and a trestle - to safely lift troubled axles whilst the driver is kept secure in the cab, makes this the safest lifting method currently known. All other similar equipment requires a person to be underneath the trailer during the operation of lifting and lowering axles.