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Due to take 2024 by storm

The latest vehicle to be added to the HTF Transport fleet is T80HTF. A Volvo FH 500 fitted with a PM 70.5 lorry loader. Find out more


The latest lorry loader vehicle to hit the road in 2024!


HTF Transport have continued to expand the fleet of lorry loaders with the addition of yet another Volvo FH, this time fitted with a PM70.5 lorry loader with an impressive 20.5 m horizontal reach, lifting a staggering 2,280kg

This vehicle is the first in the fleet of 13 lorry loaders that has the front stabilisers. This brings a new dimension to planning and executing lifts at HTF Transport. The front stabiliser allows the lorry loader to operate 360 degrees around the truck without any downturn in performance which you would get on a lorry loader without front legs or ‘V’ stabiliser configuration.

This feature is extremely beneficial when completing multiple lifts, covering a large area such as setting up cabins on building sites and festivals. The full length Volvo chassis also provides additional strength with the front stabilisers being connected directly without any modifications being required.

The PM70.5 is the latest generation lorry loader developed by the Italian crane maker. The latest model is providing an increased lifting capacity whilst reducing the loader weight in comparison the to PM65 range. PM Cranes have proven to be safe and reliable over the 35 years HTF Transport have operated them.

T80 HTF - Radio remote control operation

The Volvo FH500 comes as standard with all the driver comforts including a reclining drivers bed, TV, microwave, fridge freezer, DAB radio and climate control. In addition to this HTF Transport have had the latest DVS technology fitted by Vision UK to provide the driver with increased visibility through the use of cameras with built in AI to detect vulnerable road users and pedestrians, covering areas all around the vehicle including in front of the cab. This ensures the vehicle is compliant for the latest changes in the regulations for vehicles entering the London direct vision zone. Find out more about Direct Vision

Latest DVS technology
Latest DVS technology

If you would like more information on this vehicle or would like to book for your next lifting project, just complete the below enquiry form below 


HTF Transport adopt safety critical medicals for all lorry loader operators

Safety-critical medical assessments for lorry loader operators in the construction industry in the UK offer several benefits. These assessments are designed to ensure that individuals operating such equipment are physically and mentally fit for the demands of their job, promoting safety in the workplace

At HTF Transport ltd we have taken the decision to put all our lorry loader operators through a safety critical medical.

Safety-critical medical assessments for lorry loader operators in the construction industry offers several benefits. These assessments are designed to ensure that individuals operating such equipment are physically and mentally fit for the demands of their job, promoting safety in the workplace. Here are some specific benefits:

Reduced Accident Risk: Lorry loader operators perform tasks that involve heavy machinery and potentially hazardous materials. Ensuring that operators are physically and mentally fit reduces the risk of accidents caused by impaired judgment, slow reaction times, or other health-related issues.

Compliance with Regulations: In the UK, there may be regulatory requirements for safety-critical medical assessments for certain roles, including lorry loader operators. Compliance with these regulations is essential for legal and regulatory reasons.

Prevention of Health-Related Incidents: Safety-critical medicals can help identify and address health issues that may affect an operator’s ability to perform their duties safely. This proactive approach can prevent incidents related to health conditions that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Increased Productivity: Healthy and fit lorry loader operators are likely to be more productive. Regular medical assessments can help maintain a workforce that is physically capable of handling the demands of the job, contributing to overall productivity in the construction industry.

Employee Well-being: Safety-critical medical assessments contribute to the overall well-being of lorry loader operators. Identifying and addressing health concerns can lead to early intervention and appropriate support, promoting a healthier and more satisfied workforce.

Insurance and Liability Considerations: Employers in the construction industry may benefit from safety-critical medicals in terms of insurance and liability. Ensuring that operators are fit for their roles may reduce the risk of accidents, which can impact insurance premiums and protect against potential legal liabilities.

Professional Standards: Safety-critical medical assessments reinforce the importance of maintaining high professional standards within the construction industry. It establishes a commitment to safety and sets a benchmark for the physical and mental fitness required for specific roles.

Long-term Health Monitoring: Regular medical assessments allow for the ongoing monitoring of lorry loader operators’ health. This is particularly important in an industry where the physical demands of the job can have long-term effects on an individual’s health.


The specific requirements may vary, but generally, the assessment includes:

  1. General Health Check: This involves a review of the individual’s overall health, including medical history, current medications, and any existing health conditions. It may also include measurements such as height, weight, and blood pressure.
  2. Vision Test: Good vision is crucial for lorry loader operators. The assessment typically includes a vision test to ensure that operators have adequate vision, both near and far, and can meet the required standards for visual acuity.
  3. Hearing Test: A hearing test is often conducted to assess the operator’s ability to hear essential sounds in the work environment, such as alarms, warnings, and communication from colleagues.
  4. Mobility and Musculoskeletal Examination: Lorry loader operators need to have sufficient mobility and strength to operate their equipment safely. The examination may include an assessment of joint mobility, muscle strength, and overall musculoskeletal health.
  5. Cardiovascular Fitness: The cardiovascular system is important for endurance and overall fitness. Depending on the job requirements, there may be assessments of cardiovascular health, such as checking heart rate and assessing aerobic capacity.
  6. Respiratory Function: Adequate respiratory function is crucial, especially in roles where operators may be exposed to dust or other respiratory hazards. Respiratory function tests may be included in the safety-critical medical assessment.
  7. Mental Health Assessment: Mental health is an important aspect of safety-cri
  8. tical roles. The assessment may include questions about mental well-being and may involve evaluating cognitive function and psychological fitness.
  9. Drug and Alcohol Testing: Many safety-critical roles, including lorry loader operators, may involve drug and alcohol testing. This is to ensure that individuals are not under the influence of substances that could impair their judgment or reaction times.
  10. Fitness to Drive Assessment: As lorry loader operators are involved in driving, a fitness to drive assessment may be included. This could involve evaluating the individual’s ability to operate a vehicle safely, including reaction times and coordination.

It’s important to note that the specific requirements for safety-critical medicals can vary depending on the industry, company policies, and the nature of the job. Employers may work with occupational health professionals to tailor the assessment to the specific demands of the lorry loader operator role and comply with relevant regulations. Additionally, the frequency of these assessments may also vary, with some individuals undergoing regular checks to ensure ongoing fitness for the job

In summary, safety-critical medical assessments for lorry loader operators in the construction industry in the UK are essential for promoting a safe and healthy work environment, complying with regulations, and ensuring the overall well-being of both operators and those around them.


HTF Transport embrace Big Change

HTF Transport move with the times and embrace Big Change

HTF Transport Drives Efficiency Gains with BigChange     


Heavy-lift transport specialist HTF has deployed the latest mobile technology as part of a real-time paperless system that has transformed the business in 6 months. The 5-in-1 system from BigChange is a single platform CRM, Job Scheduling, Mobile App, Vehicle Tracking and Customer Portal, that has replaced existing systems to provide real-time 24/7 visibility of HTF’s nationwide HIAB hire operations.


Established over 30 years, HTF has become one of the leading HIAB transport and logistics companies in the UK, transporting heavy plant, industrial, construction and other equipment using a 16-strong fleet of specialist crane-equipped vehicles.  Operating nationwide from their depot near Oldham, HTF vehicles are common sight across the Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds area.

HTF had been looking to overhaul their ageing systems but wanted a single system that could do everything. While reviewing the available solutions, the company discovered that a number of their plant and generator hire customers were users of JobWatch, the BigChange mobile app.


“We first met BigChange at the CV Show and it was clear that their system was ideal as it would handle all our needs from initial enquiry to invoice as one, seamless, paperless solution,” said Lance Bromley, Director, HTF Transport. “We then discovered some of our key plant hire customers were using BigChange and we realised this could be really useful.”


HTF customers using BigChange include Generator Power, Garic and ABird Generators allowing HTF to instantly provide compatible digital reports on plant deliveries and collections; something that has already been implemented with ABird, who are part of HSS Hire.  “We see huge potential in the BigChange Network allowing everyone to seamlessly share data; connecting customer and contractors and driving business efficiency and really everyone wins.” Bromley adds.


HTF use the BigChange cloud-based CRM and job scheduling software to book and allocate jobs which are then dispatched to drivers.  Vehicles are tracked as part of the JobWatch app running on tablets that clip into a cradle for pre-routed navigation to site.

“JobWatch navigates brilliantly right to site using the unique 6-digit references used by utilities and we don’t need to call drivers anymore as everything is on the tablet.” Bromley explains.


Worksheets for each job guide the driver through all the correct safety and data entry procedures to ensure complete and consistent digital reporting, with everything synchronised in real time with the BigChange back-office management system.


“BigChange has completely revolutionised the business but eliminating paper and giving us real-time and 24/7 visibility of everything going on; we are just so much better informed and that just makes it a lot easier to manage the business and keep customers happy,” says Bromley.  “In managing the fleet operation BigChange has already improved efficiency by 25 percent and I reckon we’ll be able to expand the business quite a lot more without the need to increase numbers in the office.”


HTF really like the fact that JobWatch is so easy to customise and this is allowing worksheets to be developed for every conceivable area. Recording information on site is important should any issues arise later, so records of generator fuel levels and running hours are crucial, as are photographs from site.  BigChange is also useful for managing compliance, such as Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR), and an accident app developed in JobWatch has already proved invaluable in ensuring accident details are completed correctly at the time.


Training the next generation

HTF Transport are dedicated to training the next generation of skilled HGV drivers. Meet our latest recruit.

HTF Transport are dedicated to training the next generation of skilled HGV drivers.

At HTF we have highlighted the need to develop individuals to give them the skills to succeed as a HGV driver.

This year we welcome Norm to the team as an apprentice driver. Norm has signed onto the new driver apprenticeship with Mantra Learning, Middleton and will complete a 13 month course where he will develop the skills to become a skilled a knowledgeable driver. Alongside the Mantra course, Norm will be shadowing experienced hiab operators gaining experience and on the job knowledge – so once his license acquisition has been completed at month 6 we will be confident in sending Norm out in one of our 32,000 GVW rigid hiabs!

Continuous reviews will be carried out by HTF management, providing additional support and development.

In the next few months we will follow Norm as he picks up his qualifications from ALLMI hiab operator, ADR, Safe urban driving and ALLMI slinger.

Although Norm is new to HTF Transport he brings years of experience, being the son of a HGV driver growing up Norm, was never too far from a truck. Learning how most young drivers do by the transfer of knowledge from generation to generation!


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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Specification of our new crane forks

As HTF Transport get more and more requests to move pallets with our hiab equipped vehicles. We felt the need to invest in a set of crane forks would be vital.


This attachment has been provided by and comes with all the relevant certification.

The product is designed and manufactured using high quality steel to guarantee strength and safety in the workplace. The fork offers automatic compensation and adjustment of the center of gravity depending on the weight of the load.

The forks have been built to meet or exceed the regulations of ECC UNI-EN and ASME and come with the required labels, certificates and user and maintenance manual.

Please contact the team to discuss your requirements further and plan your next job.


“Will contact you again for the next job and will highly recommend your company to our Franchise network”

HTF transport have recently been tasked by a new customer to lift pallets of paint material onto a roof of a superstore as part of the roof restoration process.

This was a perfect job for the crane fork attachment and one of our artic hiabs. The advantage of the crane fork attachment is the pallets can be loaded up to each other, where normally they need to be kept apart to allow slings to be fed through the pallets. This also makes the load safer, reducing the chance of movement.

As this was still a working supermarket providing the public with essential food and supplies HTF transport had a very small compound to work in but this didn’t stop the job from getting done.

Using the skills of our ALLMI trained operators and slingers, the job was completed safely and within the time frame set leaving one very happy customer.

This load also fell under ADR (transport of dangerous goods) an area which HTF are fully compliant for.

This is the type of feedback we love to hear “Will contact you directly again for the next job and will highly recommend your company to our Franchise network”.


HTF Transport achieve FORS Silver accreditation

HTF Transport have achieved the FORS silver standard. This is the next step up the FORS ladder for transport operators.

HTF Transport have achieved the FORS silver standard. This is the next step up the FORS ladder for transport operators

To pass the fors sliver audit HTF transport have fitted additional safety devices to the vehicle including the following;-

  • Audible warning of a vehicle turning left and reversing
  • Full 360 deg camera systems which assists the drivers with an internal monitor when turning left
  • Additional signage warning pedestrians and vulnerable road users.
  • The placing of stickers in the cab of the vehicle

Additional elearning completed by the drivers including a hands on Safe Urban Driving course which involves drivers going out on the road to experience how it feels to be a cyclist on the roads.

HTF have developed policies in line with the FORS standard to make the roads safer and the standard in drivers and vehicles to improve.

Further development of management and systems is key in excelling and as key in the FORS standards

To find out more about whats involved in the FORS standard please visit

The hard work that has gone into this appreciated by all the Directors and Sets HTF transport up for a successful future