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Heavy Towing After Concrete Gives Way

Heavy Towing Needed for Trailer in South Dallas

CTR Incident Management is used to answering heavy towing calls at any time of the day. Their in-house dispatch team received a call at 3:00AM last month from a distribution centre in South Dallas. One of their onsite storage trailers which was filled with resin had sunk into the ground! You can imagine the dispatchers shock at hearing that a fully loaded trailer had somehow sunk into the ground, so what really happened?

According to the customer, the concrete had given way under the driver’s side of the trailer, causing the trailer to sink and shifting the load against the wall. Knowing that it couldn’t wait until sunrise, the customer called our team in the early hours of the morning.

The dispatch team assigned heavy towing operator Kyle to the job. Kyle arrived at the customer’s location with a 50-ton rotator within the hour. He assessed the situation, noting that the concrete at the location was in rough shape. He knew that there was a risk of more damage to the concrete, and decided that performing the recovery off the tailboard was the most efficient and safe way.

The crew member utilized the unit’s suspension with the outrigger pads to support the lift, providing the ability to stabilize the trailer while being offloaded. The heavy towing job was expertly completed in just 1 hour! And importantly, it was completed without any further damages to the trailer and the concrete. Huge congrats to Kyle for illustrating CTR Incident Management’s professional heavy towing prowess!

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Details of Heavy Towing Needed for Trailer in South Dallas


CTR Incident Management received a call at about 3 am regarding a heavy towing job at a distribution centre in South Dallas. Kyle, the heavy towing operator that responded to the call, arrived on the scene with a 50-ton rotator. He assessed the situation, noting that the concrete at the location was in rough shape.
The concrete had given way under the driver’s side of the trailer, causing the trailer to sink and shifting the load against the wall. The trailer was an onsite storage trailer and stored materials for the warehouse. It was stored with resin and required heavy towing.

The heavy towing job started with a thorough safety assessment in which Kyle determined that the condition of the concrete was not safe and prone to further damage. To prevent breaking through the surface during recovery, he determined that performing the recovery off the tailboard was the most efficient and safe way.
The heavy towing crew member utilized the unit’s suspension with the outrigger pads to support the lift.

The lift was rigged with 3 blue endless loops, specialized foundry hooks, a ½ inch G100 chain, master link, five 12t shackles, aluminum angle iron, & 2 15-ton Crosby evolution snatch blocks. The rigging provided the ability to lift and hold, and stabilize the trailer while being offloaded.

Heavy towing crew member, Kyle, brought the load closer to his unit while keeping enough pressure to prevent it from skipping. He corrected the lean of the trailer, transferring weight closer to his rotator.

He utilized the trailer’s leg to bear more and more weight as the lift progressed, until the trailer was leveled. The tractor was coupled, and the heavy towing could be completed.
Because of the load shifting, the trailer was offloaded. The heaving towing operator held the trailer upright with a tractor underneath the nose, and offloaded the trailer at 4 am. There was no damage to the trailer or the rotator and the heavy towing job was completed in around 1 hour.