A Short History of Highco Safety, LLC in Auburn, Indiana
From Keith High of Highco Safety, LLC:
"I would like to thank you for taking the time to review my
invention, the Boom dog Safety Bar. I believe you will find that is is a
vital tool needed by every roll-off and transfer trailer driver.
First, I would like to give you some history about the idea and
development of the Boom dog Safety Bar. After a severe injury to my left
ring ringer (sustained while opening a roll-off door) I found myself
wondering how I could have prevented the accident. Unfortunately a lot
of safety policies and ideas are a result of an injury.
I have 20 years in the roll-off business: 10 years as a manager, 3
years as an owner and 7 years as a driver. I have taught safety
classes, created safety policies, and practiced safety on a daily basis.
After an injury to one of my drivers (sustained while pulling a
roll-off door open with the safety chain) I implemented a "side of box
only" policy to keep the drivers in a safe zone with only minimum
exposure to potential harm. I was in this "safe zone" when I shattered
my own finger. I needed a way to open the roll-off doors without putting
myself in harm's way. My injury cost my company over $5,000 dollars and
a personal loss of over $2,000 dollars.
The idea for the Boom dog Safety Bar came to me during rehab
treatments and the development began soon after. The first try had a
pointed claw on one end and the open end latch leverage on the other. It
was about 4 feet long and weighted about 16 pounds. It did the job, but
it wasn't perfect yet. The claw end looked like German Shepherd dog
ears (later I would flatten the claw tips for safety reasons).
So I had a protection device with dog ears and my dog Boomer came
to mind. He was the most loyal protector I have ever known and my
daughter called him "Boom dog" (hence the name). The original Boom dog
Safety Bar weighed in at 12 pounds, a solid tool but some felt it was a
bit too heavy. I have since developed a light weight steel bar weighing
only 7 pounds, 40% less.
The photo you see at the top
of this website is actually a photo of myself and Chance. Chance is
Boomer's grandson and will represent my future trademark."