Tow Professional

VOL6 ISS1 2017

Tow Professional is a comprehensive publication for the towing and recovery market. It is mailed directly to more than 29,000 decision makers including owners, presidents, CEO's and principals of towing companies throughout the United States.

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The industry experienced changes from homemade tow trucks to manufac- tured brands of different tow and recov- ery ratings. Recovery vehicles changed from mechanical to hydraulic in small units making the transition to the heavy units. Slings to wheel lifts, under reaches, and now rotators. Oh, and let's not forget air cushions, low and high pressure, for up righting over turned rigs due to cargo shifts. Is there anything left that hasn't been covered you asked? Yes, the environ- ment has taken a beating for several decades from traffic accidents, ranging from vehicle fluids to saddle tanks being compromised on big rigs. Also cargo spills from overturned tankers to dry box cargo spills, i.e. totes, drums, and barrels. Okay whose job is that and what part does that play into recovery? Well as I've written in previous issues, certified com- panies are contacted by the trucking company or the investigating authorities on scene to respond for clean-up and remediation of spilled contents. Towing and Recovery operations experience stand-by time while these Hazmat compa- nies respond and do their job. What's wrong with this picture? You're already on scene; if you're HAZWOPER certified, you take control of the entire recovery process and minimize time of clean-up Volume 6 • Issue 1 | | Tow Professional 45 Haz a ill co ai Potential

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