East Manufacturing introduced the first built-in stairway for platform trailers, providing an easier, safer exit and entrance to the flatbed deck.

The deck lid locks in the upright position via double rods that slide into two receivers. One handrail is located under the lid, and the other is built next to the pooch-punched aluminum steps.

In the down position, the deck lid latches securely to prevent bouncing during transit. The deck lid is load bearing, so the trailer loses zero deck area because of the stairs. The integrated stairway is all aluminum, so no extra weight is added to the trailer. ID lights that comply with federal DOT requirements are built into the lower step.

"The East integrated flatbed stairway can potentially be a big money saver as well," said Bill McKenzie, product manager for platform products. "Equipment such as this has the potential to qualify for insurance premium discounts."