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.
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!
The equipment is from Boniface Engineering in Thetford. We went for the Recoverer Trident with Side-winders (which you can see extended out from the side of the vehicle). We already had a similar specification vehicle on the fleet but with a 3-axle chassis, so we knew what to expect. The side-winders add great winching capability and stability to the truck when towing heavy loads. It’s the first time we’ve gone for a 4-axle chassis and we can now see why it is so popular among other operators. The additional axle adds better steering and braking which is critical in certain scenarios.