Gympie invention flattens the risks of car freighters



THE team at Gympie engineering firm, J Smith and Sons, enjoyed a quiet and worksafe celebration yesterday, with pizza all round, after news the company had won a converted workplace health and safety award for an invention rated as a world leader.

It was a big day for engineering manager Kevin MacDonnell and the lead design engineer behind the firm's latest ground breaking victory, Aaron Lindstrom.

The invention, a new and much safer car transport trailer, allows workers to fasten vehicles to even its top-most deck without leaving the ground, thanks to a complex hydraulic system which allows the "Flatback" trailer to lower its top over-the-cabin deck to near ground level before hoisting deck and car into place automatically. As reported in yesterday's The Gympie Times, the firm won a leading State Government safety award on Thursday and is in the running for national recognition.

"There are two patents on it and the design is registered and it's a bit complex to be imitated," Mr MacDonnell said.

For Mr Lindstrom, designing is a job that goes on. "We're working on a B-double version now," he said.

Gympie Times


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