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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingFebruary 21 - February 27, 2018
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Rolled Crane Recovery

0 7f691by Jim "Buck" Sorrenti

In business since 1955, Bob Simpson originally established Simpson's Towing Service in Salisbury, Maryland, in 1954. This is a family owned and operated business in every sense of the word. Bob is the founder and owner, his wife, Joan, is co-owner and manager, their son Jeff is a co-owner/operator and their grandson Josh Spear is co-owner/operator.

Simpson's was called into action on Sept. 20 for a crane rolled on its side. Jeff and Josh were dispatched to the scene with operator Chris Barnes.

"We were told the weight was 60,000 pounds," Josh said. "We responded with our two rotators: A 2010 50-ton three-winch AATAC and our 2012 30-ton, five-winch D'angelo's custom-built rotator."

Once they arrived, Jeff, Josh and Chris surveyed the scene.

"It was a small back road with soft drop-off shoulders," Josh said. "The driveshaft was pulled before we started the recovery."

They decided to set up the 50-ton AATAC off the side and set the crane back on its wheels. They used an orange round sling with a working load limit of 40,000-lbs. straight-wrapped around the boom with rubber mud flaps protecting the sling.

"Once on its bottom," Josh said, "we hooked the 30-ton to it to hold it upright until we repositioned the 50-ton on the rear of the crane and rigged 3/4 wire rope doubled to 12-ton blocks hooked to 1/2-inch G100 chains. Then we rigged the 30-ton to the front to lift, level and swing the crane on to the road."

Back on the road, the crane was towed back to Simpson's storage facility with the 30-ton D'angelo's wrecker.

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Do you have a recovery to share with TIW readers? Send some pics and info to our Field Editor Jim "Buck" Sorrenti at jimchaos69@yahoo.com ; your story may even be selected for print in American Towman magazine!
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