‘Gold Rush’: Rick Ness and Company Take on Rescue Mission for a Truck in New Episode

by Amy Myers

Lately, it seems all of the Gold Rush stars are dealing with obstacles at their mine sites. From employee problems to equipment malfunctions, there’s never a quiet day for the mining teams. Rick Ness is no exception to this trend and has had to troubleshoot some dicey situations, himself. Ahead of the latest episode, the show posted a clip of the mine boss’s latest struggles with one of his employees. While trying to load or unload dirt from his rock truck, a worker became stuck on the hill. Ness had to come to the miner’s rescue, though the situation would prove tougher than he originally thought.

Heavy machinery and soft dirt do not mix well. The vehicles that the Gold Rush stars use for their operations all weigh thousands of pounds. Once they get going in one direction, it’s not easy to make a quick change. And if they hit a patch of wet ground, the task can easily turn into a complicated rescue mission that requires the help of several other miners and vehicles. This is precisely the situation that Gold Rush boss Ness had to deal with in his latest conquest.

Take a look at how Ness and the crew member tried to solve the sticky situation in the clip below.

‘Gold Rush’ Mine Boss Allows Employee to Perform Risky Task

Compared to his Gold Rush cohorts, Ness is a pretty patient boss. He rarely raises his voice at his crew, and most of the time, he deals with problems at the worksite with a sense of understanding and a level head. But this doesn’t mean that Ness is blind to the fact that each problem the crew faces takes time away from their deadline, therefore causing him to lose money. So, when one of his vehicles became stuck in the dirt, Ness knew he had to move quickly and perhaps even sacrifice safety precautions in the process.

At first, when the miner suggested manually releasing the brake, the Gold Rush boss was completely against the idea. Not only was the employee not trained in mechanics but the position of the rock truck posed a precarious situation. If the worker couldn’t get out of the way in time, he could be crushed by the thousand-pound vehicle.

However, with no other solution in sight, Ness finally agreed to the plan. Then the employee got to work underneath the belly of the truck with a wrench. As he ducked underneath the vehicle, he explained that he had to use a tool attached to the brake to release the pressure. Once he properly inserted the tool, the truck lurched forward with the employee still in its path.

We’ll have to tune in on Friday to see if he made it out of the way in time.