Sunday, March 1, 2009

Forklift FAIL

Crikey, what happened here????


















Let's go back and start from the beginning...

Alright, here it is coming off the truck from the rental place.


















Okay, got the pool all strapped up and on the hooks. So far, so good.


















Let's start movin'!


















Uh, is it supposed to be up on two wheels like that?


















YIKES!!!


















Alright, the driver's gotten out...


















(N.B.: The photographer did not blithely continue snapping pictures while all this was happening. These photos were taken from the front porch of the house, which is where the phone is, and the driver's co-workers immediately let it be known that there were no serious injuries and so no need to call 911.)

Okay, so now what. Here's a reminder of the current situation:



















The forklift (it's actually called a "variable reach forklift") has its boom extended and it has rolled down hill, so it's not like the thing simply has to be rolled back up 90 degrees, it's more like 100+ degrees.

So bring in the rescue rig...


















Give it a go and try to pull it back up the hill...


















Okay, that's not working so well.



















Let's see if we can't raise it up from below.


















Okay, getting there...


















Chunk! Ahhhhh...


















Okay, everybody check it out.


















Crap, the operator cage got bent and the boom couldn't get stowed. Well, there's an easy way to fix that.


















Mission accomplished!



















Epilogue

The forklift operator/pool contractor is fine. He slightly injured his foot, but that was it, and after a Percocet and a good night's sleep, he was back at work the next day.

The crew from United Rentals did an excellent job righting the forklift, they took things slowly and safely, ending up taking about 2 hours to get the forklift back on its wheels. And after letting the oil and whatnot percolate back into everything, the machine started right back up and ran fine.

The pool shell had actually gotten set down in one piece when the operator realized he was starting to lose it, but when he went over the straps--which can support 12 tons, pulled the shell over so bad it cracked on both sides. So we get to try this again in a couple weeks, hopefully with a somewhat better outcome.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks a bit predictable given the terrain :( I'm glad no one got hurt.

Anonymous said...

Yes, you could see that was going to happen from the first photo.
Hope everyone had insurance!

Anonymous said...

It has always been my opinion that any object that's larger than the machine lifting it should be placed using 2 machines. Obviously not everyone thinks that way, but there are so many pictures on the web of this sort of thing, so maybe one day soon... Now, maybe they'll be able to pass that damaged used forklift along to some other company who will make less heavy use of it, as would be best for that model.

Heavy Equipment Rental said...

Glad to hear everyone was safe and the equipment still worked well! I've worked with United Rentals quite a bit and they've always been really helpful. Good luck finishing up the pool!

Used Drexel Forklifts said...

Yes, we're glad to see no one was hurt here, too. This is the type of "do not do" thing we cover in our forklift certification training courses.

Forklift said...

Very nice taken shots. But these hurts.!

Mike Lintro said...

Just goes to show how important it is to know your limits when you are using any kind of excavator. Years of experience only do so much for you. If you have taken a training course, then you will know what circumstances to watch out for. Maybe this operator had never driven a fully loaded forklift on a hill before, and didn't know how level he was supposed to keep things. http://www.alltranstraining.com.au/forklift-license