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Creating a place to remember loved ones lost in the 1985 Manchester Airport disaster

When it comes to specialised lifting HTF Transport was the first call for 3MMM when they were tasked with constructing a memorial at Manchester Airport to remember the 55 people that died following a fire on a British Airtours Boeing 737 flight on the August 22, 1985


HTF Transport work a lot with 3MMM construction on a number of projects, but this was definitely one of the more challenging. Requiring full risk assessments and method statements, a full site visit was completed to highlight any potential hazards and produce a plan that would enable the safe delivery of the 6m long sections.

The memorial is located inside the airport grounds outside terminal 1 and is now a permanent spot for loved ones to come and visit and remember the family and friends lost on the faithful day on the 22nd August 1985. With this in mind the utmost care and attention was taken to ensure everything went to plan.

Each individual timber section had the names – grouped into families, etched into the wood with a section of bench to go in between. The project required each beam to be lifted into place and secured to the concrete base by slotting into a stainless steel bracket.

The control and smooth operation of the Palfinger PK62002EH ensures the operator and all the personnel on site remain safe. Working in the confined space that was created, as the structure was erected it wasn’t  an issue with 16.1m of reach.

Great care was taken with the use of soft slings, preventing any marks on the delicate timber. The project required one of our 62 t/m hiab equipped vehicles to reach from the old terminal 1 access ramp, rigging up over the pedestrian barrier.

In all the job took two days to complete and on schedule! The grand unveiling was carried out on the 33 year anniversary and was attended by many friends and family members.

The team at HTF Transport are proud to be a part of making this memorial.

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Conveyor replacement, ensuring your parcels arrive on time

HTF Transport regularly carry out site work to repair, install and replace telescopic boom conveyors for all the major parcel companies throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.

One of many boom installations that has been carried out by our highly skilled hiab operators.

The installation of the booms take skill and control on the hiab. With the boom just inches away from the dock door.

The booms are transported on the back of our Euro 6, ULEZ compliant vehicles or can meet trailers on site to install.

Carrying out this work for over 20 years HTF Transport have the process perfected, using the skill of the operators and the control of the lorry loader.

Ensuring the vehicles have the correct lifting equipment is key to the safe positioning of the boom.

Working closely with the engineering departments or conveyor manufacturers directly, the booms are installed, repaired or swapped in the shortest and safest possible timescale.

When you are looking for a professional and reliable hiab specialist contractor for your next project, Look no further than HTF Transport.

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Working in all weathers to get the job done

HTF Transport complete a delivery to Scotland for Bunkabin Ltd

Some excellent pictures sent in showing a delivery and set up of some cabins for a regular customer Bunkabin .

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Having the right guys on the job using the right equipment makes the jobs safe and easy. The vehicle on this delivery was fitted with a Palifinger PK62002EH. This controlled by a remote control gives the operator the view and control needed for placing the cabins so closely together.


Even the weather can’t stop our dedicated drivers from delivering a first class service, ensuring the cabins are level and set in a manner that all the drains work correctly.

Training is also key to a safe and professional delivery. All of HTF Transports operators are ALLMI trained with internal familiarisation of the specific lorry loader used.  Using the skill and experience of the operator means a safe and successful delivery for the customer.

Looking to book your next transport, contact HTF Transport via the form below.

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