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Equipment Recovery: Untipping a Tipped Excavator

Equipment Recovery: Untipping a Tipped Excavator

On March 23, 2021, a brand new excavator hit a bridge, rolled over, and required heavy equipment recovery. Team Pro-Tow used our heavy-duty crane-style wrecker to lift the excavator back on solid ground.

Our skilled operators are trained in a range of rigging techniques to properly perform a crane lift on equipment and objects of all shapes, sizes, and weights. Fortunately, we lifted this excavator without causing further damage to the machine.

How To Prevent an Excavator from Tipping

Operator error and lack of planning is the leading cause of tipping excavators and needing heavy equipment recovery. You should always ensure it’s on solid, flat, and dry ground when operating. Check manufacturer guidelines for safe operating ratios if you must work on a slope. Even if you know your machine, a stump or rock could cause it to lose footing and slide. Likewise, if the edge of the excavator catches a point or base of a slope, it probably will tip over.

When driving, pay attention to the direction of travel. Most excavators allow the cab to rotate 360 degrees, but the tracks always go in the same direction regardless of how the driver is facing. It would be best if the operator is always facing forward. Otherwise, you might move the machine in the wrong direction and get the equipment in a precarious position.

Never overload the excavator when lifting, primarily if operating a mini excavator. Always read the manufacturer’s manual for lifting specifications.

Heavy Equipment Recovery

Team Pro-Tow offers extensive crane lift services that can get you and your equipment out of a pickle! We understand that accidents happen and will work hard to get your machinery upright and back to work as quickly as possible. We are available 24-hours a day for emergency crane lift services. We can also help move large, heavy objects in all shapes and sizes whenever you need us.

Our operators comply with health and safety standards and are highly trained to operate equipment and find solutions for lifting heavy machinery and equipment in challenging situations. Learn more about our crane services.

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.

Crane Services Lift in the Heartland

Crane Services Lift in the Heartland

On February 2, 2020, a trailer at a loading dock was damaged on its stands and fell over. They called Team Pro-Tow to help upright the trailer again, using our crane service equipment. The trailer recovery was complete once we got the Heartland Express upright and secured.

Crane Services

Team Pro-Tow is fully outfitted with heavy lifting machinery and crane equipment. Our operators are also highly-trained and compliant with health and safety standards and procedures. Whether you need lifting or loading for a heavy object, recovery, or trailer, our team can help. We have over two decades of professional crane service experience to help with any job, no matter big or small. We provide a customized solution for each service needed to fit your needs.

Not Always an Accident Recovery

While our team Pro-Tow can help with semi-truck accident recovery, it isn’t the only thing we do. Sometimes our crane services are called in to help with incidents like this, where an upright and trailer recovery is needed. Customers have used our crane service to lift old vehicles out of an enclosed yard, move shipping containers, and rescue tipped over heavy machinery. Our service is available to residential, commercial, and industrial clientele.

Let Us Do the Heavy Lifting

Crane operation is a tough job, and you need the right team, training, and specialized tools to do it. We use an LTM 1150 hydraulic crane. It has incredible lift capacity and can be adjusted to complete complex jobs of all weights, shapes, and sizes. Our crane services can assist with commercial HVAC unit installation, landscaping and lumber placement, lowboy service and hauling, truss placement, and more!

Team Pro-Tow offers crane lift services and 24-hour emergency towing in Spokane, Maple Valley, Auburn, and North Bend.

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.

Crane Lift Service for Camper at the Ritz

Crane Lift Service for Camper at the Ritz

In this incident on July 21, 2021, team Pro-Tow received an emergency dispatch from Washington State Patrol for an overturned camper trailer and full-size Dodge pick-up. The RV accident was near Ritzville, WA.

The collision was blocking the interstate, so we contacted a WSP Trooper at the scene to receive more information. We arrived on-site with a Heavy-Duty Rotating Crane Style Wrecker, Medium Duty Wrecker, and a Specialty Landoll Flatbed Semi-Trailer. After a scene evaluation and discussion with the command post, we got to work on this accident recovery and crane lift service.

Challenging Trailer Recovery

We found that the truck and camper trailer had overturned, slid, and then spun to face oncoming traffic. The damage was significant and required special safety precautions to avoid dismantling the camper. While dismantling was possible, that would take more time, equipment, and personnel for this accident recovery.

So instead, we performed calculations and created an alternate but still safe recovery plan. We also set up the equipment to minimize lane closure, so the traffic could still flow safely. Then, using specialty recovery straps, rigging, and high-pressure airbags, Team Pro-Tow performed an overhead crane lift service and load. Next, we performed non-routine strapping and tie-downs for safe transport to the storage yard and finish the trailer recovery.

Accident Recovery Complete

We performed an overhead crane lift service at the storage yard and placed the casualty into storage. The owner was able to retrieve any personal belongings from the unit as needed. We then returned all supplies and equipment to their original location and condition. Once we finished all the required paperwork, our team cleared the call.

Team Pro-Tow offers crane lift services and 24-hour emergency towing in Spokane, Maple Valley, Auburn, and North Bend.

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.

Overturned Semi-Truck And Trailer on 15th

Overturned Semi-Truck And Trailer on 15th

In this emergency dispatch, on February 26, 2021, In this incident, a Rental Truck still attached to its trailer overturned on the highway and needed a recovery and crane lift rescue. Our Team Pro-Tow responded quickly with our crane lift equipment and flatbed trailer and set out for the scene.

Semi-truck Recovery

A recovery like this one required a two-part process to retrieve both the semi-truck and the trailer. First, our Pro-Tow team flipped the semi-truck back onto its wheels so that we could safely detach the trailer and prepare to tow it. Once the semi-truck was upright again, we detached the trailer and towed the truck away. Then, we used our crane lift equipment to lift the trailer onto the flatbed trailer and transport it back to the yard. We reconditioned the equipment and completed the paperwork for this quick recovery.

Crane Lift Services

At Pro-Tow, we are fully equipped to handle any towing situation, no matter how big or small. Our team is professionally trained and experienced, and our range of equipment can handle any problem. Even in an emergency incident, we will respond anytime and anywhere.

Team Pro-Tow brings over two decades of crane service experience. Often crane lift recovery is a key component of semi-truck recovery when there has been an accident. In addition, we can lift cars, trailers, and heavy equipment when caught in a jam. We’ll safely handle the calculations for rigging, safely lift the unit, and load it onto our flatbed trailers to tow it to our yard.

On top of incident-based services, we can also help with moving materials, installing HVAC units, or help with service and hauling. Basically, if it’s big and you need it moved or lifted, we can help with crane lift services.

We’ll get the job done, guaranteed and offer peace of mind for our customers.

Team Pro-Tow offers crane lift services and 24-hour emergency towing in Spokane, Maple Valley, Auburn, and North Bend.

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.

Chip And Roll Equipment Recovery

Chip And Roll Equipment Recovery

In this emergency dispatch, on May 29th, 2020, we were called in to help with an overturned heavy-duty truck and trailer. The trailer was carrying a wood chipper. The combination was also leaking fluids, so Team ProEnviro also came to help with this equipment recovery. Our team contacted the deputy at the scene and got limited photos of the casualty. We sent a heavy-duty rotating crane-style wrecker, motor vehicle spill response vehicle, flatbed recovery tow truck and an emergency response Hazwoper. 

Equipment Recovery

We arrived at the scene and spoke with the incident command then the vehicle owner to get permission for the equipment recovery. First, we temporarily placed spill containments for the leaking hydraulic fluid. Then we set up the rotator and flatbed recovery truck parallel to the casualty (due to limited road access) and finally set up the crane lift services. Our team installed special straps and frame chains to the truck and trailer so our team could lift the unit underneath some overhead power lines.

Crane Lift Services

As soon as the unit was safely under the powerlines, we installed rigging for a safe catch and uprighting. We worked slowly and carefully with the crane lift services until the unit was safely upright on the roadway. We then temporarily stored our rigging and prepared to secure the truck for towing. Next, we separated the trailer, loaded it onto the flatbed tow truck, and secured it. Meanwhile, our Pro-Enviro team continued handling the spill cleanup and recovery of any debris and contamination.

We returned in the morning to inspect the site and ended up doing considerable small debris cleanup and collecting some additional soil samples. Our team transported the debris and waste to the manifest site and sent the soil samples to the laboratory. We completed the necessary paperwork and waited to see what the soil sample results would be.

You can read more about how #TeamProEnviro assisted with this equipment and spill recovery

Team Pro-Tow offers crane lift services and 24-hour emergency towing in Spokane, Maple Valley, Auburn, and North Bend.

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 Equipment Recovery in Spokane

Heavy Equipment Recovery in Spokane

What do you do when your trailer loaded with a Swedberg Excavator slips into a snowy ditch? Call Team Pro-Tow. In this incident, on February 26th, 2020, that was the case in this incident. Moving equipment of this weight and hauling it out of a ditch requires special equipment and skilled operators. Once we got the call, we made sure to bring the necessary rigging, equipment, and trucks to get the job done.

Heavy Duty Towing in Spokane

Once we arrived, our team set up the rigging and began attaching it to the trailer and excavator. Instead of bringing up the unit in parts, we wanted to recover the trailer in one piece. Next, we carefully pulled the unit free and loaded the excavator onto the flatbed for transport. Once everything was secured, we returned to the storage yard.

Heavy Equipment Recovery in Spokane

Thanks to our Pro-Tow team’s skill, expertise, and equipment, we can help recover, load, and move any heavy equipment. Our services include car and light truck towing, then move to medium-duty towing, and finally heavy-duty towing for trucks, semis, and heavy equipment. That includes vehicles like RVs and motorcoaches, buses, and any equipment that requires heavier lifting than a regular tow truck can provide.

All our towing services are available 24-hours a day, every day of the year. Our highly trained team of operators and specialized equipment are ready to go, no matter when you need us.

Towing for the most challenging equipment

We also offer other towing services, including out-of-state transport, heavy equipment pickup and delivery, and multiple car towing and transport. Our 6.5-degree load angle allows us to manage the most challenging equipment, up to 110,000-pound capacity.

If you need heavy equipment recovery in Spokane or heavy duty towing in Spokane, we can help.

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.