J.B. Hunt Transport Services recently ordered 4,000 new dry van trailers equipped with added safety components engineered to prevent vehicles from sliding under the trailer on impact.
The Wabash National DuraPlate safety underside guard system was unveiled last month at the industry’s technology and maintenance council meeting in Nashville. The guard reduces the risk of injury or death for individuals involved in an accident with the rear of a trailer.
“At J.B. Hunt, we value safety above all else,” said John Roberts, president and CEO of J.B. Hunt Transport. “We applaud Wabash National’s leadership and advancements in rear impact protection, and we’re proud to be the first fleet to specify the new rear impact guard design.”
The rear impact guard is made of a high-strength steel, and includes two additional vertical posts and a longer, reinforced bumper tube. The design will better absorb the impact should any part of the bumper become engaged in a collision. Additionally, the guard is formulated to resist corrosion.
The Truck Safety Coalition recommends companies take a proactive approach to promoting safety through smart purchasing decisions.
“Introductions of rear guards using new engineering approaches are a much-needed safety improvement that will prevent injuries and save lives,” Truck Safety Coalition volunteer Nancy Mueleners.