We have received the sad news that UK crane and access industry veteran Alan Hemmings passed away on 4th of April, after a long battle with cancer. He was 76.
Hemmings spent the final 18 years of his career with Hull based Peter Hird & Son, and was managing director from 2009 until he retired at the end of December 2011 - see: Final send off for Hemmings.
He was also a very active member of the Access Link, the association of privately owned regional rental companies, and a past chairman of the Lincolnshire and Humber branch of the Lighthouse Club construction industry charity. He continued to support the charity long after he had retired.
He began his working life with an apprenticeship at the Scunthorpe steelworks, later joined the British Army and became a corporal in the East Anglian Brigade serving in Cyprus, Germany, Malta and Northern Ireland. He left the Army in 1966 and eventually found the crane industry joining Scott Greenham and then entering the powered access industry, joining PTP in 1993.
Hemmings was a keen pilot and at one time owned his own small aircraft and once revealed that he had at least two crash landings during his flying career. He lived his life on the basis that you should “live life to the full and have no regrets”. He leaves behind his wife Ann, children Yvonne, Dawn, and Richard, along with four grandchildren.