A southern Queensland livestock transporter has been recognised for an invention that's made moving cattle from one truck to another a safer and quicker process.

It's essentially a big multi-level metal box containing ramps, that fits between two trucks so cattle can walk from one to the other.

It was Ross Fraser, from Fraser Livestock Transport, who came up with the idea, after being concerned about drivers and other staff climbing up and over crates.

He then developed it with his drivers and workshop.

"We cross-load a lot of livestock from B-triples, road trains onto B-doubles.

"The concept of this ramp, whilst it hasn't totally alleviated the working at heights issue, it's made it much safer for our people.

"On the animal welfare side, it's much better for the animals.

"In some cases, we'd have to go to saleyards in Toowoomba and unload cattle and reload, so we've avoided all of that."

So far only one unit has been constructed for Fraser's Toowoomba depot.

The company won two Queensland Safe Work Awards for 'Best Solution to an identified work health and safety issue' and 'Best demonstrated leadership in work health and safety'.

 

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