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 🏆
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 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!
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.
We welcome the addition of an ex-Army Foden 6×6 recovery truck with rotating crane.
With the addition of the Foden we believe it will allow us to tackle the most challenging of incidents. The rotating crane is a fantastic bit of kit which will give greater agility on-scene. It will also help improve the time it takes to complete the task at hand.
A big thank you to ASW Recovery in Norwich who have sold us this to us. They are retiring from the industry and we snapped this up as we knew it had been well looked after. Bob and Joyce have been great to deal with over the years and we wish them a well deserved, relaxing retirement.
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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.