|August 8, 2018
Approximate time: 1503
Weather Conditions: Clear with passing showers
Contacted to respond to Kennett Square Plant for a Volvo Excavator that had just overturned. It was requested that we
respond with two of our heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units.
Upon arrival, a Volvo EC160D was found to have been working on the back side of the wash out hole when it slid down
off the pile into the hole, overturning on to it's side. The boom and bucket were extended with the bucket laying up on
the sidewall of the hole. The machine appeared to have minimal damage. The machine was estimated to weigh 43,650
pounds according to the specs for the machine, plus an unknown amount of weight from the concrete that was on the
From where our rotator recovery units could set-up to where the machine was laying was approximately 65' across the
concrete wash out hole. The hole had wash out material and water that was approximately four feet deep in places.
This would make rigging the machine for the recovery a very difficult and dangerous process.
It was determined that rigging would be connected to the machine and the two rotators would work together to lift the
machine off of its side, winch it across the wash out hole, and then lift it out of the hole when it was to the side wall
closest to our rotators.
The two rotators were moved into position to begin recovering the machine. The rotators were set-up on a work
platform. The booms were extended and lines lowered down into the hole.
One of our operators donned a safety harness which was tied off to one of the rotators. He then entered the hole.
Rigging was connected to the machine's boom. This rigging was connected to one of the rotators. Rigging was also
connected to the back end of the machine. This rigging was connected to the second rotator. All of the rigging was
tensioned and checked for proper terminations.
Our operator then exited the hole.
Our operators and personnel onscene donned their wireless scene communication headsets to provide a safe work
environment and scene communication for all.
The two rotators worked together to winch the machine off of its side and across the bottom of the hole. The machine
was lifted back to an upright position as it was brought sideways across the hole. Extreme caution had to be used to
prevent the bucket from damaging the sidewall of the hole. Once the machine was at the wall near the rotators,
additional rigging was connected to the machine in order to lift it up out of the hole. The two rotators worked together to
lift the machine level up out of the hole. The machine was set on the ground between the two rotators. The rigging was
unhooked from the machine. All rigging and equipment that was utilized on the recovery was loaded into the service
truck for transport back to our facility to be cleaned and inspected. The rotators were returned to travel position.
Once back at our facility, all of the rigging that was used was washed and inspected. The winch lines were cleaned,
oiled, and re-wrapped. The snatch blocks were cleaned and greased. All equipment and rigging was returned to its
respective location made ready for the next call.