Drake nominated for innovation, safety and apprenticeship accolades

The Drake Group’s latest trailer design which improves crane operations has caught the attention of the heavy vehicle industry.

The trailer builder is a finalist in three categories at the heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) National Awards 2021.

HVIA has listed Drake as a finalist in ‘Product Innovation’ and ‘Safety Innovation’.

Also, Drake’s Wayno Taradel has been named as a finalist for ‘Apprentice of the Year’.

“Congratulations to all nominated – we’re excited to make the cut,” The Drake Group said in a statement.

“Most of all, we’re extremely proud of our legendary team who are the brains, brawn and guts of steel behind The Drake Group’s commitment to the highest quality and innovation in trailer manufacturing.”

Both innovation award nominations are reported to be in honour of a special O’Phee crane conterweight lightweight semi-trailer combination.

“It can be used in a B-double, road train or single combination,” said Mick O’Phee.

“The difference with this design is that we have uniquely created a trailer combination that we can build one trailer for the crane company, this one trailer is a multifunctional trailer that will suit any type of crane.

“That’s the beauty of this design – it’s a high tensile chassis, lightweight, and we have fashioned the top flange to be multi-positioned with a unique cradle cassette system that can house the crane counterweights and hook sheaves.”

There is also an extendable drop deck version with mega wing and and carousel.

This special trailer combination is operated from the ground, is optimised for load restraint and negates the need for crane companies and their logistics partners to defer to multiple trailer types in a client’s yard to use crane systems.