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Rotators Recover [b]Weighted-Down Trailer

0 42451By Jim "Buck" Sorrenti

Bill's Towing & Auto Service of St. Clairsville, Ohio, has been in business since 1981. Owner Bill Coulson runs the business with his sons, Chad and Ty.

On Feb. 27, 2017, Bill's received a call to recover a trailer loaded with demo debris in Amsterdam, Ohio.

"The company that owned the trailer called us," Chad said. "The trash trailer was loaded with debris from a house that was being torn down. Its dolly legs had collapsed."

He responded with their 2016 Kenworth T880/Jerr-Dan 60-ton rotator and operator Jacob "Jake" Black drove out with their 2012 Peterbilt 388 bobtail tractor.

Chad and Black did their walk-around to assess the scene.

"We had limited room to work due to the weight of the trailer and where we had to set up, so we decided to bring another rotator in," Chad said.

Bill's dispatched operator Tony Albright in their 2012 Pete 388/Jerr-Dan HDR 1000 50-ton rotator.

Once the second rotator arrived on scene it was staged and the crew started to rig the loaded trailer for the lift.

"We rigged to the trailer using two 12-inch-wide straps and doubled the winch lines on the rotators," Chad said.

With both rotator operators working in tandem, the trailer was lifted and Black backed the bobtail under it. Once it was safely on the bobtail, they broke down the rigging and rotators from the trailer.

"We transported the loaded trash trailer to the landfill approximately 10 miles from where the incident happened," Chad said. "It scaled at 110,000 pounds."

It was evening as Bill's crew positioned the rotators on either side of the trailer. Under the lights from the booms, they re-rigged it for lifting so that their tractor could be pulled out from under it. Once it was rigged they lifted it off of their bobtail and the company that owned the trash trailer backed one of their own tractors under it.

"Another happy customer and another successful recovery on the books," Chad said.

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