Unfortunately, the 2010 recession, due to the banking crisis, led to Government austerity measures that meant a dramatic cut back in work being awarded or started so the Liebherr 984 machine became surplus, as high rise blocks were now being mothballed or refurbished. The 984 was sold to Nikau Contractors in New Zealand to work in the earthquake affected zone in Christchurch. It was a sad day when it disappeared from the Coleman fleet.
April 2010 was a time of great difficulty for Mark and all of my family, friends and colleagues as I was suddenly struck down with life threatening Septicaemia, (Sepsis). On 10th April I was given 20 minutes or so to live, I was in an induced Coma on life support, suffering from multiple organ failure, little did I know at the time that the situation looked so very grim for me. It was, indeed, a miracle that I somehow recovered and pulled through, the medical team of doctors, nurses and staff at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, were incredible. Their care and devotion to assist my, what appeared to be hopeless, recovery after major surgery will never be forgotten. I was released from Hospital on 8th July 2010, after a period of thirteen weeks, walking small distances with the aid of a Zimmer Frame. It was a further nine long weeks before I could tackle stairs, then slowly regaining restricted mobility in October 2010. Although very limited, it was good to be out and about once more, proving that we really do not appreciate our blessings and good health when we have it, always taking the same for granted.
On the 20th November 2010 we were called to an emergency at Birmingham International Airport to supply heavy haulage in assisting with the removal of a laden 737 aircraft that had suffered partial undercarriage failure on landing on the main runway. The airport was closed, all scheduled flights were delayed or diverted, a crane had been arranged to lift the starboard side of the stricken aircraft (the collapsed side) to enable a low loader to reverse under the engine and wing. A tug was attached to the nose gear then the tug and low loader travelled in tandem to remove the aircraft to safety, enabling normal operations to be resumed after a short but inconvenient delay. It was only after we had completed our duties that we were advised that the “cargo was an explosive substance” this fact indicated the confidence that the Authorities had in Coleman & Company in calling on our services initially.
I would encourage all of you to review the work that UK Sepsis Trust do. Incredible people doing incredible things.