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Yorkshire engineering student bases dissertation on anti-crush safety systems

Edward Cook, right, and Steve Weston

A final year student from Bradford University has been assisting a company responsible for designing and manufacturing revolutionary anti-crush and anti-entrapment systems for the materials handling industry.

Edward Cook – who is studying for a BEng Mechanical Engineering at the Yorkshire University – has been working alongside Weston Handling Consultancy to help develop a control box for its revolutionary safety products for forklift trucks and mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs).

And, following his work with WHC, Edward is now writing his final year dissertation entitled: “Retrofit anti-crush system for pedestrian controlled lift truck”, based around his contribution and learning throughout the project.

WHC, headed by entrepreneur Steve Weston, is best-known for its range of retro-fitted safety systems, namely its ACKBelt®, for forklifts and powered pedestrian trucks.

The company has now added a new safety mechanism for Access Platforms to its range – The A-R-C-Angel™ – which protects the operator from both entrapment and crush injuries whilst the vehicle is reversing and/or the platform is being raised.

Steve Weston, chief executive of Weston Handling Consultancy, said: “For the last year Edward has been a valued member of the WHC team. He is a talented and intelligent young engineer who has been integral in helping develop a control box for our products.

“I’m both delighted and flattered that Edward is now writing his dissertation in his final year at Bradford University based on his experiences with us, and the safety innovations we have invented for the materials handling industry.

“I’m looking forward to reading the finished version and will ensure we have a number of copies in our office as well as publishing it on our website.”

 

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