Stepping up to safety

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ten-Four Stairs Inc. has developed a solution to a common problem facing many truck drivers – back problems.

The company has developed a set of stairs that can be permanently mounted into the rear of a trailer.
The stairs are mounted between the Eye beams of a particular trailer. The 22-inch Ground Safety Zone is still there and used as a step. A hydraulic hinged plate cover allows for maximum load ability.

“With over 30 years in the trucking industry, I had first-hand experience with the risks posed by climbing on and off semi-trailers,” says Wilbert Hinkle, inventor and entrepreneur. “Developing a system to eliminate those risks would not only help the drivers but also have the potential to help trucking companies become more profitable by running at peak productivity levels.”

A semi-trailer enhanced with Ten-Four Stairs offers added safety to the driver by eliminating the need for ladders. Each skid resistant step is built with a closed-in step back to prevent “slipping through”.

The system creates an ergonomically sound way to tarp, tie, secure loads and makes it possible to safely accomplish these tasks while increasing productivity and profitability.

The installation takes one day and a sealed Truck-Lite harness allows the driver or mechanic to hook up their trailer lights in 15 minutes.

There is a five-year limited warranty and the addition of this feature does not affect trailer manufacturers warranty. The US price to install the Ten-Four Stairs is $2,450 and while there are currently no dealers in Canada, Ten-Four Stairs Inc. hopes to set up shop as soon as possible.

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