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They Build Products For Safer Truck Repair
“I built the Gate-Lok safety bar after a customer told me one of his employees was killed when the endgate on a gravel truck slammed shut on him,” says Mike Krall of Work Safe USA, Inc. “It’s a simple idea that I’m amazed wasn’t out there before.”
    Krall’s patent-pending device secures a truck endgate in the open position for unloading or during maintenance. The standard size is a 40-in. metal bar made for full-size dump trucks and trailers. The “shorty” is 38 in. long and works for one ton and ton-and-a-half contractor dumps. Both are priced at $160.
    Krall started his business in 2007 with a safety lock to hold up truck boxes. At the time he was a city maintenance supervisor who observed an employee using a 4 by 6-in. wood beam rather than a metal prop rod to hold up a truck box. The beam slipped on the oily truck frame and instantly Krall knew there had to be a better way to support the box.
    He searched the internet and found a dump bed lock invented by a truck driver in Wisconsin. “I wanted to buy a set, but he said he couldn’t get them built so I made a deal to produce them, even though I didn’t know anything about doing that. Several months later I found a manufacturer and the rest is history. In 10 years we’re up to 300 dealers who’ve sold 10,000 Dump-Loks in the U.S., South America, New Zealand and Europe.”
    Krall’s success story doesn’t stop there. While touring a fire department he noticed a mechanic working on a truck engine with a flimsy rod holding up the cab. “I chewed the guy out for not being more safety conscious, and he told me that’s the way it’s always done,” says Krall. The next day we started working on our Cab-Lok, and that’s been a great product too.”
    The company also produces the No-Jack, a device that mounts on a self-loading wheel lift so wreckers can safely lift a disabled vehicle without a jack.
    “All our stuff is common sense safety equipment that protects workers and helps employers meet OSHA guidelines,” says Krall. “This year we’re starting a re-certification program for older model Dump-Loks. We’ll check the welds, bolts, chains and holding plates, then repair and re-certify the product at no cost. If our products save one injury or one life, then I’ve done my job,” says Krall.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mike Krall, Blue Ribbon Safety, P.O. Box 138, New Berlin, Ill. 62670 (ph 217 891-1674; www.dump-lok.com).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5