Garbage Truck Weight
This post started after a conversation at the State Fire School in Bowling Green, Ohio. One reason I love to travel and instruct is picking up information myself. One station in the Heavy Rescue is the heavy lifting station. Talking with some of the others instructors during a break they mentioned how much the weight of a garbage truck can vary, especially during wet weather. With that, I wanted to learn a little more myself.
The continual starting and stopping of more than 130,000 garbage and recycling trucks on the road in the United States is a recipe for passenger vehicles to crash into. How many times have you raced around one on a two lane roadway? Now lets think about heavy truck weights. Long-haul trucks can weigh 80,000 pounds. However, the shorter wheelbase of garbage and recycling trucks results lower legal weight around 51,000 pounds with an empty weight about 33,000 pounds.
Have you considered how the weather can affect a vehicle extrication? Consider this, often, garbage is set outside homes the night before garbage pickup day. Now factor in some rain overnight or in the morning. That water adds addition weight to the garbage. What is the weather like that day? How about Was the garbage sitting outside in the rain all day and night adding to the weight?
The weight of wet garbage is an important consideration for rescuers if the truck needs to be lifted to extricate the patient. Weight of Trash by Material Type (tons per cubic yard) is listed below:
Here’s an interesting article about garbage trucks hauling loads from transfer stations to the landfill. In the article, Haulers Routinely Overloaded Waste Authority Trucks May Be 20,000 Pounds Over Federal Road Limits, it states “Daily transfer station reports show between 40 percent and 80 percent of the trucks in randomly selected weeks the past year have left for the landfill over the legal limit of 80,000 pounds.” Throughout the United States, rescuers need to consider the weather of the previous couple days if they are faced with lifting a garbage truck off another vehicle.
Rollover with Heavy Entrapment
Lake Shore Box 20-15 had units from Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Maryland State Police – Aviation Command, Morton’s Towing & Recovery Inc responded to the area of Forest Glen Drive/West Drive where the accident took place.
Lake Shore Box 20-15 Rollover w/Heavy Entrapment
Mike Hugg Media posted the pictures below from the rollover of a cement truck with the driver heavy trapped. The cement truck hit a utility pole and rolled over. Lake Shore Box 20-15 had units from Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Maryland State Police – Aviation Command, and Morton’s Towing & Recovery Inc responded to the area of Forest Glen Drive/West Drive where the accident took place. Due to the extended extrication time, members of the Shock Trauma GO-TEAM were requested to the scene. The driver was taken to Shock Trauma in Maryland with non-life threatening injuries. A friend of the driver posted on social media that he is alert at the hospital.
Make sure you check the Facebook page of Mike Hugg Media.
Update: Anne Arundel County Fire Department
The Anne Arundel County Fire Department posted a bunch of pictures from the overturned cement truck extrication from the 16th.
Here is a link to CBS Baltimore for an article they posted that also has video. Person Trapped After Cement Truck Overturns In Anne Arundel Co.
Heavy Rescue Lifting
How do you calculate the load?
The Brothers over at Streetsmart Firefighter shared several photos from some lifting of a tanker training during heavy vehicle extrication.
How do you calculate the load?
Remember to capture the vehicle’s suspension prior to any lifting of the trailer. Failure to capture the suspension can allow the vehicle the lift with the trailer during a lift.
Heavy Truck Anatomy & Extrication|Billy Leach
Questions about heavy rescue that involves tractor trailers and other heavy vehicles? Download the Big Rig Rescue handout from Billy Leach’s Firehouse Expo class below.
Big Rig Rescue handout
Questions about heavy rescue that involves tractor trailers and other heavy vehicles? Download the Big Rig Rescue handout from Billy Leach’s Firehouse Expo class below. Billy also posts great training tips and pictures on his Facebook page, Big Rig Rescue.
Here’s a little information about Billy Leach, Jr. from Big Rig Rescue. Billy has been actively involved in Emergency Services since 1976, combining career and volunteer experience. He serves as the Senior Presenter and Planner for BIG RIG RESCUE™. Frequently he conducts training in vehicle rescue, and has presented at the International Vehicle Extrication Learning Symposium, Firehouse Expo, Search and Rescue Disaster Response Conference, Fire Department Instructor’s Conference, Fire Rescue Magazine’s First Due Conference, American Towman Exposition, NC Extrication College, FDNY’s Technical Rescue School, and many regional fire/rescue training seminars. Billy has co-authored a book, BIG RIG RESCUE©, on the topic of heavy truck anatomy and extrication.