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.
VA Spring Rescue Week
I ran across some great pictures on the Big Vehicle Rescue Facebook Page from a training course. The 2019 Virginia Department of Fire Programs Spring Rescue Week was held at the VA Public Safety Training Center. Below are pictures from the vehicle rescue technician class. Thanks again to
John Burruss for allowing us to use his pictures. Make sure you follow his page!
Stabilization, Lifting, and Vehicle Relocation
The bus was captured with struts for stabilization. The black guard rails on school buses are strong points for struts tips for stabilization and lifting.
The bus was rolled off the car with two griphoists anchored to the duals on a semi-tractor while the Paratech gold struts chased the movement automatically with air extended the struts.
Fort Worth, TX Fire Department Heavy Rescue 38
Another awesome SVI Truck headed to the Lone Star State!
Checkout the SVI-built Heavy Rescue for the Lone Star State. The Fort Worth rig features a 20′ aluminum body mounted on a Spartan Gladiator LFD chassis with a 24-inch raised roof and powered by a Cummins X15 505HP engine. The new walk-around Heavy Rescue boasts a powerful 180,000-lumen LED Command Light CL602A-W4 light tower, OnScene Solutions heavy-duty aluminum cargo slides and much more!
Below are links to more information about this heavy rescue:
Steel Coil Awareness
Steel Coil are transported part all over the world. However, we typically deal with coils when the truck hauling one has an accident or loses its’ load.
Steel Coil Awareness
Steel Coil are transported part all over the world. However, we typically deal with coils when the truck hauling one has an accident or loses its’ load. Steel coils are loaded onto trailer is three common configurations. Those are, Eye in the sky, Shot gun style, and Eye to the Side (Suicide).
Eye in the sky
Shot gun style
Eye to the Side (Suicide)
Steel coil weights vary vastly. However, Coils can weigh in excess of 45k pounds.
Safety Stand Down
The video below is demonstrates how a 45000 lb steel coil can easily crush a mid sized vehicle. The video is from Worthington Industries in Monroe Ohio and part of their safety stand down.