Ross hopes innovative loading platform is used across CQ

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Ross Fraser hopes his innovative cross loading platform will be used in other areas across CQ to help make the practice safer
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Ross Fraser hopes his innovative cross loading platform will be used in other areas across CQ to help make the practice safer Candyce Braithwaite

IF IT was up to Ross Fraser, cross loading would be a much safer process in the cattle industry.

The practice of transferring cattle between trailers has been identified as a workplace health and safety risk for years, but the tragic death of truck driver Bryson Mayne at the Gracemere Saleyards on Tuesday shocked the industry.

Mr Fraser is the managing director of Fraser's Livestock Transport, and earlier this year his company won an award for a framework it designed and built for safer cross loading.

"It really decreases the huge risk with cross loading," Mr Fraser said.

"It's a piece of equipment that could be utilised much more, and provide a much safer workplace for people in livestock.

"It is an industry issue, and people right across the industry recognise that."

The loader is a two-deck platform that so drivers can stand on and unload cattle from the side, rather than having to hang off the crates.

Mr Fraser said he would love to see one at every point where cross loading road train routes end.

At these points cross loading has to be done, because road trains cannot drive through these populated areas.

Fraser's was part of a trial about two years ago which drove road trains through Rockhampton to the meatworks off Lakes Cree Rd to see if they could manoeuvre through the town's intersections.

Mr Fraser said while it wasn't impossible, it showed that infrastructure would need to be upgraded to give trucks a wider turning circle at certain intersections.

Earlier this year Mr Fraser's company won a national health and safety award for its loader.

He said he had only heard of one other similar loading facility, at a depot in south-east Queensland.

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