Mechanic Dragged Off His Truck-Panic as mechanic gets dragged off truck by runaway car

Mechanic Dragged Off His Truck

Mechanic Dragged Off His Truck

Mechanic Dragged Off His Truck

This sort of incident is not really funny. Handling cars on hoists and lifts can be dangerous? Of course, all this equipment is operated by steel ropes and pulleys. Including, these car transporters. It can be very easy for a wire rope to slip or even snap under pressure. This type of accident is very rare. In the past forty years, I have only known of one incident.

Consequently, a wire rope snagged on one of my car ramps. The young lift operator came running into my office screaming out and panicking. Naturally, I was keen to look? To my horror, the car was literally hanging off the ramp. Of course, a steel rope had somehow become loose and allowed the ramp to drop. As a result, the car was slowly slipping at an angle.

Speed was of the essence. The ramp needed propping up to save the car from falling over all together. My first instinct was to get some wooden props from the timber yard across the road. This could be used to level the ramp whilst the wire rope could be dealt with. Anyhow, this is what we did. The wooded prop was placed under the insecure corner. Necessarily, we could now level the ramp off, making the car safe.

We then called an engineer. Hence, the guy found that a small guidance pulley had snapped. Hence, releasing the wire rope. The faulty part was replaced and we were able to lower the stranded car from the ramp. As a footnote, ramps do have a safety system. This safety system had kicked it to prevent the car crashing off the ramp and any injury to our staff.

Eric Roberts

 

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