Recovery Procedures

Minimum Recovery Equipment Required:

Bushtrek require all drivers ensure their vehicles are equipped with minimum standards of safety equipment.

  • Snatch Strap (in good condition, no damage or wear)
  • Rated D Shackle
  • Tow points, front and rear
  • UHF Radio
  • First Aid Kit

Vehicle Recovery Standard Operating Procedures

Vehicles may need to be recovered for many reasons, they may be unable to attempt an obstacle without damaging to the vehicle, the vehicle may be stuck or in such a position that damage is likely in be done to the vehicle. Whatever the situation may be it is important that all recoveries are conducted in a safe manner so as to minimise damage to a vehicle or injury to a member. Listed below are some things to consider when conducting any recovery.

The Driver should:

  1. Nominate a person they are most comfortable receiving directions and advice as to the method of recovery, preferably a person who can observe the recovery whilst it is conducted. Discus with nominated person as to the method of recovery and all parties involved have a clear understanding as to what is going to happen.
  2. Check all recovery equipment to be used is in a serviceable and safe condition, where possible use his recovery equipment to affect recovery.
  3. Ensure all recovery points on his vehicle are in suitable locations and rated as a recovery point.
  4. Stop the recovery at any time if they feel in danger or can a see a breach of safety has/will occur.

The Recovery driver should:

  1. Have a clear understanding of how the driver would like his vehicle recovered.
  2. At no time should the recovery driver attempt recovery without first establishing a clear line of communications with the other vehicle either over the radio or hand signals.
  3. Ensure all recovery points on the vehicle are in suitable positions and rated as recovery points.
  4. Stop the recovery at any time if they feel in danger or can see a breach of safety has/will occur.

They Safety Observer should:

  1. Talk to the Driver and Recovery driver as to the method of recovery and ensure all people involved have a clear understanding as to what is going to happen.
  2. Ensure the recovery is being conducted in a safe manner and should give direction to other members who are observing as to what is happening.
  3. When possible have a hand held radio to communicate to persons involved in the recovery so at any time there is a need stop the activity for safety reasons he can do so.
  4. Ensure all spectators are at an appropriate distance to observe the recovery, as a general rule of thumb it should be greater than any rope/strap/cable being used and away from the path of any oncoming vehicles.