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?
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...
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.
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.