When a semi tips over on the highway, getting it back on its wheels can be a significant undertaking, especially if it’s fully loaded. To deal with this challenging situation, heavy-duty towing companies use specialized air cushion recovery devices to maneuver a semi into position without damaging or unloading the trailer. Below is an explanation of how a humble air cushion can help lift a 70,000-pound truck.
What Is Air Cushion Recovery?
Tractor-trailer walls are deceptively fragile, especially when the vehicle has just been in an accident. Using heavy equipment to tip a truck back onto its wheels risks tearing the entire trailer apart, making recovery even more difficult and causing even more damage to the cargo.
Instead of cranes or trucks, heavy-duty towing companies use large, cylindrical air cushions explicitly designed for lifting heavy loads. After gently lifting the edge of the vehicle, recovery experts slide deflated bags along the edge of the truck. Gradually, the cushions inflate, tilting the trailer up until it stands upright.
What Are the Benefits?
Using airbags to inflate a fallen trailer minimizes the risk of further damage by spreading pressure across the entire length of the trailer. Using cushions also provides more predictable results than lifting a damaged rig with other methods, yielding faster results and preventing potentially serious injuries. Finally, it helps preserve precious cargo, especially food loads that might have to be thrown away if the trailer is opened.
Since 1966, Engel's Auto Service & Towing has been the leading heavy-duty towing company of Cincinnati, OH. Their highly trained teams have the experience and equipment to handle even the most severe situations without further damaging valuable equipment or cargo. Visit their website for more on their heavy-duty towing expertise; follow their Twitter for more professional insight; or call (513) 385-8246 for fast, 24-hour service.