GLT finalists in the HVIA National Awards

Graham Lusty Trailers is excited to be announced as finalists in the Safety Innovation Award category at the Heavy Vehicle Industry Association (HVIA) National Awards. Our apprentice, Christopher Nash has also been announced as a finalist for Apprentice of the Year.

The HVIA awards acknowledge and celebrate the Australian heavy vehicle industry’s capacity to provide innovative solutions for road transport, and we are proud to be recognised in these awards again this year.

The Safety Innovation Award category features our new external retro-fit safety prop. Designed by the GLT engineering team to improve the safety of our customers when completing maintenance or servicing under empty tipper trailers.

A seemingly simple yet effective idea – the external retro-fit safety prop is fitted above the landing leg of the semi-trailer. Once fitted, it remains attached to the chassis of the trailer so it can be easily utilised when needed. It is simple and quick to use but significantly improves personal safety.

The prop can be retro-fitted to any trailer and on various chassis tipper types including slider, drop deck, straight and wedge body trailers and is not limited to only GLT model trailers.

The patented prop is one of GLT’s growing list of custom parts now available to the industry and will be automatically fitted to all our tipper trailers from 2022.

External retro-fit safety prop in use under an empty tipper trailer

(External retro-fit safety prop in action)

What Chris does, he does well!

We want to congratulate Chris Nash on becoming a finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category.

His welding in both aluminium and steel is excellent while his boiler making is square and precise. He also takes pride in his work area, keeping it clean and tidy to ensure a safe and healthy worksite for everyone around him.  He is also learning to juggle multiple priorities including being a leader and teaching those beneath him.

Graham Lusty, CEO, said the belief Chris has in himself and the fact that he doesn’t limit himself is what makes him a stand out apprentice.

“Chris is always smiling, even when we ask him to do a challenging task, he smiles and says yes. He has an outstanding work ethic, listens to those around him and absorbs those lessons to excel at his trade,” said Graham.

He has a go at anything, and what surprises us is that his natural talent takes over and he shines at anything he tries. He commits himself and doesn’t limit himself.”

Chris is already showing leadership skills as a role model and he assists with our younger apprentices.

“He is a respectful, reliable and responsible young man. We see Chris as not only an outstanding apprentice but also a future leader in the trailer manufacturing industry,” said Graham.

“With young people like Chris on our team, we know the quality products that Graham Lusty Trailers is known for will continue.”

Apprentice Chris Nash

(Apprentice of the year finalist: Chris Nash)