Equipment specialist, JOST Australia, has received the Safety Innovation Award at this year’s Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) National Awards.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, spoke at the event this morning. He acknowledged and celebrated the industry’s hard-working members who continue to excel in providing innovative solutions to improve safety and productivity in the road transport sector.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on Australia’s freight and logistics sector,” he said.
“Our national economy relies on keeping freight moving.
“A lot of work goes into making sure that happens and during the pandemic, the industry rose to the challenge.
“Again today, I congratulate the entire heavy vehicle industry – transport operators, manufacturers, repairers and drivers on a job well done. Through your joint efforts you have ensured that our trucks and trailers have stayed on the road and freight kept moving.
“It gives me great pleasure today to announce the winner of the Safety Innovation Award – JOST Australia.”
JOST Australia won the award for developing the JSK42-ASW fifth wheel with air release and sensor which reduces the likelihood of a trailer dropping by accident.
“Thank you to our customers for supporting our hard work in making Australia’s freight task safer and more productive,” said JOST Australia Managing Director, James Mackie.
“The key player in this development for JOST has been our Head Engineering Manager, Sam Ellis.
“Our JSK42-ASW fifth wheel features pneumatic automation which reduces risk of strain injury. Meanwhile, the sensor system can sense the position of the skid plate, the kingpin and lock lever – all must be in the correct position before the ‘ok’ signal is sent to the coupling status indicator as shown in the prime mover cab. This significantly helps reduce the risk of dropped trailers,” he said.
In addition to the operational safety benefits of the JSK42-ASW fifth wheel, it is also designed for low maintenance. The fifth wheel has greaseless top plate liners with Lubetronic grease canister for the lock jaw which allows for service intervals of about 50,000+ kilometres (in line with the prime mover).
“Innovating in new technologies, to make our heavy transport industry safer is a big credit to JOST Australia,” said Buchholz.
“I congratulate the entire team on their efforts in developing this technology which will reduce the risk of injury and increase accessibility for drivers,” he said.
In other news, JOST has forged a strong partnership with Goodride Tyres Australia to supply a range of alloy wheel and tyre packages to Australian trailer manufacturers including PUMPA Manufacturing and Bulk Transport Equipment.