Drivers spend a great deal of time on the deck of their flatbed trailer, from securing their loads to assisting with off-loading. Getting up onto – and down off of – the deck has been a challenge. East Manufacturing has introduced the first built-in stairway for platform trailers. “Our optional integrated stairway provides a simpler, easier and safer exit and entrance to the flatbed deck,” said Bill McKenzie, product manager for platform products. “When open, the deck lid locks securely in the upright position via double rods that slide into two specially designed receivers. The first of two handrails is located under the lid, providing a handy 45-degree vertical handhold that’s above deck height. The second handrail is built next to the steps, which are made of pooch-punched aluminum for both drainage as well as a skid-resistant surface.” 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.