Towing and recovery organizations are called to any or all types of roadway incidents. Common roadways incidents include:
Vehicle collisions along with other vehicles, fixed objects, animals, or pedestrians
Run off the road (single vehicle crashes)
Load shift (cargo on roadway)
Regardless of type of incident, and who requested the service, once they appear on-scene, towing and recovery organizations are expected to:
Ensure approaching traffic should be warned of the incident. Flashing lights, flares, signs, barricades, cones and flaggers ought to be deployed as appropriate to prevent additional vehicles from becoming involved, and or additional incidents altogether. Sight distance to the incident as well as to overall recovery area should be considered and addressed in order to prevent additional vehicles from becoming involved.
Drivers, by-standers, responders, and anyone else must be protected against harm. Injury or death from fire, explosion, equipment failure or malfunction must be regarded as and addressed by establishing safe distances for anyone around.
On scene operators should, and in many cases are required by federal law to wear high visibility clothing as prescribed by ANSI 107-2010.
Damage to property at the scene, including, although not limited to fluid debris on the roadway, soil contamination from fluid debris, damage to grass, trees, shrubs really should be identified and re mediated.
Recover & Remove Vehicles from Incident Scene
Vehicles need to be recovered and positioned for loading as suitable for transportation away from the incident scene. This will likely often require the using a winch and appropriate rigging (chains and other hardware). The tow truck, winch, and all necessary hardware should be properly sized as well as in good working order. Attachment to the casualty ought to be made to a structurally significant member. Movement of the casualty during winching must be anticipated and planned for to prevent damage or injury.
Automobile manufacturers’ methods for securing and towing should be followed to make sure damage free transport.
Provide Safe Keeping for Automobiles and Property
Vehicle damage sustained in a crash can lead to additional problems down the road. Damage to a vehicle’s wiring can bring about a fire hours or even days after the initial crash. Damage to the passenger area or cargo area can leave the vehicles interior and / or contents exposed to the elements. Thin film wrap (Crash Wrap) must be applied for protection.
With proper tools and training, Towing and Recovery Companies can fulfill their duties without adding to the damage or injuries.
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