COMBEX Bouwlogistiek trains women to become drivers in special transport! A day on the road with COMBEX, located in Eastermar (Friesland), is not like a typical day at COMBEX. Today we are driving with three trucks and we will face two fun challenges during this transport. The first one is taking the load from A to B and the second one is training two ladies to become drivers in special transport. Freddy Kuperus, experienced driver, is going to make sure both of these challenges will go well.
The morning starts with a cup of coffee in Eastermar where Monique, Judith and Freddy are already eager to start the day. We are told that the first challenge is waiting for us at Haitsma Beton in Kootstertille. During the short walk to the combinations, Freddy immediately takes the opportunity to explain the ladies what is expected from them later on.
After arriving in Kootstertille, Freddy gets his combination ready to show the ladies what is about to happen. He explains that the trailer for these loads must be extended. Freddy explains ... "This trailer is single extendable and extending with a Broshuis-trailer is really easy." He first demonstrates how to put the trailer on the brakes and continues by showing them how to unlock the safety hook. Then he pulls the yellow button so that the locking pin unlocks. Now, by driving the truck forward, Freddy can extend the trailer. After extending, he presses the yellow button again which ensures that the locking pin closes. "That’s it ... easy right?" says Kuperus.
Now it is time for the most difficult part, which is extending the trailer in such a way so the load will be supported at two specific points. With some measuring, the concrete elements are being loaded onto the trailer. The time has come for the ladies to do the most important task, namely securing the load. Freddy walks with the ladies around the trailer to indicate what, why, and how the load must be secured. After doing this, it is time for the women to do it by themselves.
While the women are preparing their combinations for loading, Freddy walks around to see how they are doing this. During his walk, he says he is really satisfied with the way the women are working. Judith says that working in special transport is really nice and that her employer gives her all resources necessary to do her job safely. Hereby she also refers to the Broshuis platform trailer! “Working with a safe product gives a good feeling!”
After the trailers have been loaded, the women can start securing their load. Because the trailer is equipped with certified lashing eyes and a certified headboard, securing the load is also easy to do. When rolling up the last strap, smiling faces appear and high fives follow.
On the way to the location
During the ride towards Amsterdam, Freddy keeps in touch with the other two combinations via 27mc. Upon reaching the construction site, Freddy explains that after registering with the contractor, an analysis must be made of the situation of where the trailers must unload. By doing this analysis, you will not be faced with unexpected things.
After an inspection at location, it is again Freddy's turn to take the ladies with him when unloading the first truck so they can do it themselves afterwards.
After the trailers have been unloaded safely, the trailer can be retracted. Freddy starts talking about how the day went and mentions that it went smoothly. He also states that working safely is the most important thing at COMBEX. The material was also selected for this. We know from experience that Broshuis trailers are simple and therefore safe trailers to work with. The robustness of the chassis gives a lot of confidence!
By training the employees in this way, they become familiar with the work and the materials we work with. They know what COMBEX stands for and how to show this to the world.