This is a job we did a few years ago......
We had a call from the Police control asking if we could send an incident manager to liaise with the emergency services on the recovery of a Tank transporter that had overturned and blocking the westbound side of the A31 and causing major traffic disruption in the surrounding areas
On arrival we met with the police, fire and rescue, highways officials and army officers.
What we had was a 4 axle Oshkosh tractor hauling a 7 axle low loader trailer carrying an armoured KRAV recovery unit ......whilst negotiating the roundabout the suspension on the left hand side of the trailer had collapsed, throwing the whole lot over .....the weight of the KRAV with its combat armour on was 67 tons 150,000 lbs and was lying upside down still attached to the trailer
The army advised the police that they will organise their own recovery teams to recover the vehicle .....when the police asked how long will it take ? The reply was it will take 2days !! To get the necessary teams and equipment on site .......this was totally unacceptable by the police officers in command and we were asked how long will we take ? .I replied we can have all the necessary recovery equipment on site within 2 hours.....at that stage we were advised by the highways dept there was a subway directly below the vehicle and ther could be a point bearing risk for any heavy equipment directly above , we were also advised by the water authorities that there was also a 24 inch high pressure water main close by feeding two major towns.... no pressure !!
We advised the police that we will need a full road closure for at least 10 hours because of the risk of shock loading we decided it was also necessary to get a 80 ton crane in from one of our account customers ....just to be on the safe side that will take 4 hours to get there.....the police and army agreed to that and we got on with the job.
The first job was to release the KRAV from the trailer ....the plan was to upright the unit and trailer first and get it all out of the way .......some of the hold down chains had snapped when it rolled but there were 2 chains holding on and they were under extreme tension ...it was too dangerous to cut them so we chocked the wheels of the trailer and rigged to winch the trailer further over
See the chain round the blade ....that had a lot of stored energy on it ....if we tried to cut it it could have gone anywhere...
This Graham and me having a discussion with the police, army high ways, fire and water co, officials working out a lifting and winching plan
We put the 750 in the field adjoining and rigged to haul over and then restrain on the upright we put our Mercedes 6x4 alongside ( just out of picture ) giving plenty of deadweight for the final restraints 4 x 2 part lines
A picture of the entrance to the subway which runs directly underneath the job
After the chains were released, the next job was to square up the unit and trailer ready for the upright the back end of the tractor was lifted over and then rigged for the upright
We hauled the unit and trailer over using 4 x 2part lines to haul over and 4 x 2part lines to restrain plus we used the crane as a catcher on the front of the unit ....
It came down perfectly a bit of overkill perhaps but we were taking no chances !!
The army had showed up with transporters in readiness to take the casualty vehicles away there is a 3rd one, just out of picture
Once the unit and trailer were out of the way ..... now we can concentrate on the tracked vehicle ....fully upside down there is a crane on the top of it and that was buried into the roadway
As we did with the tractor trailer, we rigged 4 x 2 part lines to haul and 4 x 2 part lines to restrain we used the crane as a catcher for the last couple of feet just in case it kicked
The job went perfectly.....no dramas, no injuries, no breakages, the only thing we had, was a bent shackle pin ....we cleared the site at midnight giving a total time on scene start to finish 9 1/2 hrs 2 days Huh ! Good job there is not a war on !
The road was closed for the rest of the night to repair the holes made by the KRAV ....
Police happy, Army happy, Highways dept happy, Water co happy, me happy, we got paid by return..no quibbles !!.
This is a 4x4 go anywhere winching truck.... made by Mercedes called a unimog ..very popular in Europe especially in mountainous and isolated terrain
The equipment has been manufactured by specialist equipment company Syren Engineering I had a rotator built by syren and we found it almost bullet proof
This vehicle is fitted with front and rear mounted winches and a huge rear spade that can be driven deep into the ground plus a crane for high pulls
Sorry about the picture quality
This is a double extending trailer supplied to Mick Gould Commercials by Rydam international from faymondville Holland
It has so many features , all wheel steer , raise and lower neck, hydraulic flip toe ramps , the suspension can be lowered to achieve the minimum loading angle
Hydraulic stabilaser legs for rigid loading
The tractor is a category 3 heavy haul unit double drive with reduction hubs
I have included the manufacturers plate the numbers are in kilograms multiply that by 2.2 will give you that in pounds gross weight in the UK 220,000 lbs
The Professional Recovery Tow Show ..the largest in the UK took place at the Telford International Centre it was pronounced a huge success with record Exhibitors, Visitors and Vehicles on display offering the very latest Towing and Recovery equipment from mighty Rotators right through to ratchet straps, off road winch trucks to depollution equipment , from the UK and around the world...
Business seminars and a very strong presence from all the Towing associations, the gala night and award ceremony in front of 500 guests was very enjoyable .... even a major power cut could not spoil the evening ....towing and recovery folk spend half of their working time in the darkness no drama !!
A 5 axle, twin steer, double drive, rear steer 5th axle, Volvo fitted with Century equipment from Boniface Engineering built to a very high specification for Millers Recovery
A 4 axle twin steer Mercedes from Boniface for N S Clarke Recovery .... check out the top flyer
A very light weight snatcher ideal for getting into multi storey and underground car parks, fitted with dolly wheels for that job with lost keys or stuck in park
This is a very light weight tow dolly aptly called a Stow and Tow it all folds up and fits into the rear of the van below it can legally tow vehicles up to 1 1/2 tons
A double deck transporter capable of carrying 4 cars .....1 on the top deck, 2 small cars on the platform 1 in the rear car lift built by Dave Bland Engineering for Furness Recovery also equipped with a 6 seater passenger cab....
A lightweight Roll back with alloy body built by Dave Bland Engineering for Bells Recovery
Proud purchasers Mr and Mrs Robin Bell checking out their new asset with ther friends from Highway Recovery
A medium duty using NRC equipment and built by Dave Bland Engineering check out the length of the boom ... this truck was sold shortly after
this picture was taken.
A Specialist Street Lifter for the CMG Group specifically designed for damage free inner city tow aways a 2 car capacity up to 4 tons each one on the platform and one in the spectacle lift built and supplied by the Roger Dyson Group.
A double deck transporter for NYR Recovery the payload on the platform is a maximum of 10 tons and an underlift with a 6 ton capacity ...
Below is another landoll for the NYR heavy haul fleet
An easy track for Crouch Recovery
A 4x4 recovery unit for off road work complete with lorry loader knuckleboom crane for salvage recovery for Welsh operator Walls Celtic Recovery
This is a clever idea..... an air bar which is connected to the PTO controls and when the PTO is engaged the air bar extends from the side of the truck by 2 feet and has flashing and chasing LED red lights giving an added warning device for the oncoming traffic ...