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Auburn, WA

Suite B, 420 H St NW
Auburn, WA 98001
253-245-5454

Maple Valley, WA

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Maple Valley, WA 98038
425-310-1010

Spokane, WA

Suite B, 5815 W Thorpe Rd
Spokane, WA 99224
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Duck, Duck, Goose Equipment Recovery

Duck, Duck, Goose Equipment Recovery

In this incident, on May 15th, 2020, Our team received an emergency dispatch involving two heavy-duty forklifts. One of them had overturned onto its side and needed a forklift recovery. Team Pro-tow dispatched the necessary equipment to both safely recover the forklifts and avoid more damage.

Scene Assessment

We arrived at the scene with a heavy-duty flatbed tow truck and a heavy-duty crane-style wrecker. After reporting to the incident command, our team assessed the situation. We could easily load the standing forklift without extra equipment, but the second was a different matter. The overturned forklift needed both equipment sets, so our team quickly put together a plan—time for a forklift recovery.

Equipment Recovery

After getting authorization to use the bike trail for the recovery, we moved the recovery truck into position. We installed the rigging to safely upright the forklift and avoid more damage to the machine or environment. Our team used a combination of soft straps, shackles, and four lines attached to the forklift to handle the safe and successful recovery.

With the forklift upright, we repositioned the equipment, rerigged and did an overhead lift. The forklift was moved to the heavy-duty flatbed and secured into place. Once we secured the first equipment recovery, the second forklift was loaded with ease.

With everything securely tied down, we returned to the storage yard. All equipment was returned to its original condition and location, ready for the next call. We completed all the necessary paperwork and got the cleared call. We were glad we could assist with this forklift recovery.
Our team received an emergency dispatch involving two heavy-duty forklifts. One of them had overturned onto its side and needed a forklift recovery. Team Pro-tow dispatched the necessary equipment to both safely recover the forklifts and avoid more damage.

Scene Assessment

We arrived at the scene with a heavy-duty flatbed tow truck and a heavy-duty crane-style wrecker. After reporting to the incident command, our team assessed the situation. We could easily load the standing forklift without extra equipment, but the second was a different matter. The overturned forklift needed both equipment sets, so our team quickly put together a plan—time for a forklift recovery.

Equipment Recovery

After getting authorization to use the bike trail for the recovery, we moved the recovery truck into position. We installed the rigging to safely upright the forklift and avoid more damage to the machine or environment. Our team used a combination of soft straps, shackles, and four lines attached to the forklift to handle the safe and successful recovery.

With the forklift upright, we repositioned the equipment, rerigged and did an overhead lift. The forklift was moved to the heavy-duty flatbed and secured into place. Once we secured the first equipment recovery, the second forklift was loaded with ease.

With everything securely tied down, we returned to the storage yard. All equipment was returned to its original condition and location, ready for the next call. We completed all the necessary paperwork and got the cleared call. We were glad we could assist with this forklift recovery.

24/7 Heavy Truck & Equipment Recovery Services

Pro-Tow offers round-the-clock emergency towing services. While many of our recoveries involve semi-trucks and other heavy trucks, equipment recovery is also a service we offer. We once helped lift a military tank to change a flat tire! If you need something heavy lifted and moved, we can help. Learn more about Pro-Tow services.

Be sure to check out our other incident reports on our Recovery Blog!

If you require truck accident recovery, give Pro-tow 24-Hour Towing a call.

Heavy Truck Tow for Sysco on Witte

Heavy Truck Tow for Sysco on Witte

In this incident, on May 18th, 2020, Team Pro-Tow responded to a dispatch for a truck and trailer that had gone off the roadway into the ditch on Witte Road. The trailer had a 30,000 lbs load, and together with the truck, the entire lift was over 60,000 lbs. The road was narrow, which made it challenging to complete this heavy truck tow.

Recovery Plan with a Rotating Crane Style Wrecker

We needed an HD rotating crane-style wreck and HD wrecker to get this truck recovery done. Unfortunately, drivers kept crossing our cones and into the safety zone. We needed traffic control to help out to get our equipment to work on the narrow roadway.

After creating a safe recovery plan, we needed to set things up to avoid overhead power lines and a low overpass while performing a 60-foot truck and trailer lift. It was a challenging heavy truck tow, but thankfully damage hadn’t caused an oil pan leak.

We decided to winch forward, setting the recovery truck in front of the casualty. We set up the rotating crane-style wrecker to perform a rear overhead light and reposition the truck and trailer on the road.

Working Hard to Minimize Damage

When lifting such a huge, cumbersome load, our team takes extra steps to minimize damage to the truck and trailer. In this case, we used soft recovery straps and secured the frame with shackles to keep it from breaking up. We also used strap protectors to prevent damage. We configured a wood frame around the left gate too. These extra safety precautions prevented the trailer from further damage.

Time to Lift

When our crane-style wrecker performed the overhead lift, it registered 28,000 pounds with the load leaning to the rear. As you could imagine, slow and steady work was the only way to prevent damage.
Our team carefully operated the rotator in harmony with the recovery truck parked in the front. We finally were able to get the truck and trailer back on the roadway and positioned for a heavy truck tow. We removed all the rigging and towed the casualty to a safe location.

Be sure to check out our other incident reports on our Recovery Blog!

If you require truck accident recovery, give Pro-tow 24-Hour Towing a call.

Wrong-Way On The I-90 Needs Heavy Truck Towing

Wrong-Way On The I-90 Needs Heavy Truck Towing

In this incident, on June 16th, 2020, we received an emergency dispatch from the WSP about an out-of-area semi-truck collision near North Bend, WA. WSP specifically requested heavy-duty wreckers to handle the heavy truck towing and trailer block on the roadway. We dispatched two, plus one heavy-duty crane-style wrecker and one heavy-duty recovery wrecker.

Four-lane Block

At the scene, we found all four lanes were entirely blocked. Approximately 200 feet of the area was covered in motor vehicle oil. We called in a request for spill response and cleanup help from Pro-Enviro.

With a spill this large, we followed the WS Department of Ecology Preferred Response Contractor program and called dispatch for more equipment. We also got two additional operators with HAZWOPER certificates. Once the extra help arrived, we mitigated the spill and handled the semi-truck accident recovery. Our team safely moved the tractor and trailer out of the lanes and onto the shoulder where it was safe while we continued to work.

Continued Cleanup and Recovery

Our team continued to treat and clean up the roads until they were clear. We used treatment, road cleaners, and absorbent pads to contain the mess. The street sweeper and compact track loader helped with the process as well. Only once the asphalt was back to DOE, and WSP standards could the lanes be reopened. Until then, our team worked tirelessly and extensively, ensuring the roads were safe and ready to reopen.

Once they were, we moved all the equipment to the closed shoulder to assemble, load, and transport everything back to the storage yard. Once there, we did extensive reconditioning of all our equipment and supplies to be ready for another call. Reconditioning is always a vital part of semi-truck accident recovery.

With everything ready to go, we were ready to handle the next involved heavy truck towing.

If you require truck accident recovery, give Pro-tow 24-Hour Towing a call.

Smashing Fences: Truck Accident Recovery

Smashing Fences: Truck Accident Recovery

On July 28th, 2020, A loaded commercial truck and trailer left the roadway, hit a tree, and collapsed power pulls down on it. We received an emergency dispatch from the King County Sheriff’s office asking for an emergency incident response. This truck accident required specialized equipment that Pro-Tow could provide.

Truck Accident Recovery Initiated

After accessing the situation and reporting to the incident command, we made a plan for truck accident recovery. We had our heavy-duty rotating crane-style wrecker, a heavy-duty class tow truck, and a heavy-duty Landoll trailer. We realized that we needed an enclosed dump trailer to move excessive debris left from the accident. There was a lot of damage to the property, including a completely smashed fence.

Lifting the Truck

Because the truck had hit a power pole, this emergency incident response required extra safety precautions. We safely set up the work scene and installed the rigging to lift the truck. It had so much damage that nearly any movement caused problems with this truck accident recovery. We used multi-parted lines to allow cradling and a gentle lift to the Landoll trailer.

Hold the Phone

There was a low voltage main terminal connection box on the scene that our team needed to avoid. Crane lifting the truck allowed us to avoid the terminal and prevent damage or disconnecting hundreds of phone lines. The phone line contractor shared that our careful lifting saved them 40 to 50 hours of labor reconnecting the lines had damage occurred. Paying attention to detail is essential for effective emergency incident response.

Cleanup Time

Once we had the truck out of there, it was time to start the cleanup of extensive property damage. Vehicle fluids and debris were scattered all over the truck accident recovery scene. Spill cleanup was required for coolant, engine oil, transmission oil, and other hazardous materials. We got to work cleaning that up, loading debris from the broken fence and other property casualties into the dump trailer.

Bringing in the Truck

Team Pro-Tow brought the wrecked truck to our secured storage yard. We had to carefully lift it again with the crane to get it into the yard. We installed spill containment units to prevent stormwater contamination from the damaged truck. Our team transported the waste to a manifest site.

Another truck accident recovery was completed and cleared by Team Pro-Tow!

 

The Grinder: Logging Road Truck Accident Recovery

The Grinder: Logging Road Truck Accident Recovery

On June 19th, 2020, We received an emergency dispatch about an overturned Kenworth T800, Loadking Lowboy, and a Vermeer stump grinder. The load had overturned while on a logging road when the trailer didn’t make the turn. We requested and received photos of the accident to review and form a plan for this complicated crane services job.

We put together the required equipment for the job. Equipment included a heavy-duty rotating crane style wrecker, a heavy-duty recovery wrecker, a heavy incident special equipment, and a support truck. We called in trained and certified recovery operators and headed out to the job.

Multistep Truck Accident Recovery

The scene had limited road access, making things difficult. We needed a heavy truck accident recovery unit and a trained and certified operator to help. We also found leaking motor vehicle oils and fluids, but the customer said they would mediate the cleanup over the following days.

With narrow space available on the road, equipment placement needed to be precisely placed. After first disconnecting the grinder from the trailer, we began the truck accident recovery. We used all three recovery units for the truck and trailer’s successful and safe righting (now with even less road space to use). Still, our skilled team even managed to avoid any extra damage. The unit was then hooked up and moved to a nearby safe location. Once there, the customer towed it away.

Grinder Recovery

The final part of this truck accident recovery was the grinder. It was down vertically and 15 feet approximately from the narrow road. On top of that, it had become embedded in the dirt embankment and then pinned by existing stumps. Setting up the rotator for crane services took extra time. It had to be safe, given the road’s slope and narrowness. While our team was able to right the grinder, it stayed stuck in the embankment and stumps. As it began to get dark, it also started to rain.

The equipment was moved and repositioned for a new angle, and the recovery attempted again and again. Our team even tried attaching the equipment to an old-growth stump, but that didn’t work. Finally, the customer got the grinder running, which let our team perform a difficult but still safe crane service recovery. Throughout these many hours of hard work, safety breaks were enforced and repeatedly taken for our team. That way, injury, fatigue, and possible mistakes were all avoided.

Final Recovery

With the grinder recovery successful, our team began taking down and temporarily storing the multiple equipment sets. As a team, we handled the cleanup, storage, and loading and only left together. Reconditioning and returning the equipment to its original condition took several days. Still, we completed the paperwork and got the cleared call.

Even complex jobs like this truck accident recovery and crane services are not too much for our skilled Pro-Tow team!