RS Recovery were tasked by the Local Authorities to assist with an incident involving an overturned HGV. A challenging incident as the vehicle combination was fully laden at 44 tonnes, with diesel having been spilled over the road surface.
Once we had assessed the job and and explained to the emergency services what was needed to right the vehicle, a plan of action was put in place and our trucks were moved into position. High and low pressure air recovery cushions were also used to aid the lift and to stop the side of the container bulging out any more.
Three recovery vehicles were used to roll it back onto its wheels; an NRC 35T slider was used to take most of the weight and to help the trailer wheels grip. A Boniface Interstater was used to pull the tractor unit over and assist the front of the trailer and a Foden 6×6 ATLAS rotator was used get the air cushions under and to stop the trailer sliding on the tarmac due to the fuel and oil spillage. The air recovery cushions were used to start the initial lift.
Once the vehicle was righted the fire brigade left the scene as they felt the fuel was no longer causing any risk, the scene was left to the highways contractors to inspect and repair the road, the vehicle was recovered by the NRC Heavy under-lift recovery truck to RS Recovery for secure storage.
A video clip of the HGV being rolled back on to its wheels can be viewed below.
Well done to our team who attended Wessex Truck Show.
Our DAF XF received a Highly Commended Certificate in the Recovery Category. Our Mercedes Sprinter Service van won 3rd place in best Light Commercial category and our MAN TGX received 1st place for Best Recovery Vehicle 🏆
Our newly designed postcards highlighting our diagnostics capability have arrived. We’ll be sending them out to our current and prospective customers in the weeks to come, so that can be pinned up in their offices!
If you’d like a postcard, give us a call on 0121 522 2076 and we’ll gladly send some in the post.
A brilliant weekend at Convoy in the Park and great to come away with something too against very high competition.
3rd best heavy recovery truck and both service vans came away with “highly commended”. A massive well done to the team who represented us.
We’ve recently added to our diagnostics capabilities by investing in equipment for Wabco, Haldex and Knorr-Bremse. In addition to this, diagnostics systems from Jaltest and DAF Davie have also been purchased. The new diagnostic systems add to our current capability of Dr. Air Brake and Texa.
The added capabilities have given our technicians the tools to clearly diagnose truck and trailer faults and allow us to complete the necessary repairs. The diagnostics will be available in both our workshop and mobile service vans, meaning we’re able to attend fleets on customer sites.
If you require assistance for your truck or trailer, please get in contact with us on 0330 333 4545 (24 hours)
We’ve recently taken delivery of 4 new service vans, equipped to tackle commercial truck and trailer breakdown’s and repairs. The vans all hit the road in January 2018 and have proven great additions to the fleet.
We took delivery of a Mercedes Sprinter, a Renault Master and 2 MAN TGE’s . With the assistance of Van Racking Solutions, Woodway Engineering and Jim Bars they were ready to hit the road!
At the same time, we added new pieces of equipment to strengthen our service offering to our customers, including truck and trailer diagnostics such as DAF Davie, JalTest, Texa, WABCO, Haldex and Knorr Bremse. We’ve also added trailer check equipment from Dr. Air Brake, which has allowed our technicians to carry out on-site service and inspections.
For more information or if you require breakdown or maintenance assistance, please call 0330 333 4545. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
On the 3rd January 2018, RS Recovery were called late in the afternoon to attend a major incident involving an fully loaded HGV on the M5. A HGV was overturned and been on fire, which devastated the entire vehicle. Prior to our arrival, the emergency services had put out the fire and once it had cleared, it was apparent that there was no remains of the vehicle apart form the steel structures and debris.
We executed a plan in agreement with Highways England to ensure the motorway was able to be opened the following morning, with enough time for the highways services to undertake necessary roadworks.
Due to the condition of the HGV it was a thoughtful and time-consuming job that involved removing amounts of debris and cutting large sections of the vehicle. We employed the help of a specialist grab hire company to clear the debris and gain access to the vehicle. Once the majority of the burnt debris was cleared, the tractor unit was split from the trailer and loaded on to a low loader. As the trailer was a double deck, sections of it needed to be disassembled and cut to ensure it could be safely transported away from the scene. Once this was complete, it was lifted by 2 of our vehicles and loaded on to another waiting low loader.
Once placed on to the low loader, the sections of the trailer were secured and the load was escorted back to our base.
We understand the driver was pulled out by a member of the public and taken to hospital as a precaution.
Link to the Facebook post
We’ve recently taken delivery of our latest vehicle from Boniface Engineering. A 2011 Volvo FH with i-Shift was chosen at the chassis and an Mk6 Interstator with twin winches and stiff legs options. The vehicle is also equipped with a VDZ towing kit allowing it to recover the latest manufacturer vehicles. It made its first appearance at TruckFest Knutsfords alongside RS17 REC”300″ and as you can see we went for something special for the paintwork again. It features Call of Duty theme crafted by Matt the Painter.
RS17 REC was captured by Rob Payne on the M5 near Strensham. A great picture don’t you think.
Link to Rob’s Flickr photo.
We had the pleasure to assist the West Midlands Emergency services by recovering a bus into place on the A38 Aston Express Way in Birmingham. An exercise was undertaken throughout the night and coordinated with a number of agencies to simulate a major road traffic incident. National Express West Midlands who’d provided the bus, asked us to deliver it and put it place with a number of special requirements so that it was as realistic as possible.
We were glad to have been involved in such an exercise and its importance for continually improving the emergency services. A short video on the West Midlands Fire Service can be viewed below.