More than 200 people attended the International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) 2014 summit, held April 3 in Windsor, UK. The event featured a number of speakers, as well as an awards ceremony.
Peter Douglas, UK operations director, Nationwide Platforms, and a board member of IPAF, and Mark Keily, UK QHSE director, Nationwide Platforms shared an assessment of the common risks found on site and with equipment, and what practical measures could be taken to reduce those risks. Douglas and Keily explained how daily challenges such as dealing with batteries or spreader plates of up to 110 lb, and operators jumping off equipment due to unsuitable egress points, led their company to work with manufacturers to design out potential problems, for example, through considering manual handling needs and stowage, and considering the location, type and positioning of egress points.
Matt Fearon, president of Terex Aerial Work Platforms, shared the opportunities offered by 180-foot booms at the IPAF Summit held in early April in Windsor, UK. Fearon said that bigger booms are being used in new applications such as oil refineries, power plants, steel structures, stadiums, bridge access, high-rise buildings and harbour cranes. He discussed the tradeoff between the capabilities and limitations of bigger booms, for example transport conditions and the need for the use of outriggers, and questioned if it would be necessary to drive big booms. The industry is seeing the beginnings of a new boom category, he said.
Attendees were also given a presentation on how to communicate and demonstrate their company potential and value to investors by U.S.-based United Rentals. Sharing tips of the trade were Bill Plummer, executive vice president and CFO, and Fred Bratman, head of investor relations.
More than 470 people from 28 countries attended the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs), held the same day as the summit. The IAPAs saw 14 winners recognized for best practice, excellence and innovation in the industry.
The 2014 IAPA winners are:
- IPAF Training Instructor of the Year – Tony Radke, NES Rentals, USA
- IPAF Training Instructor of the Year – Special Recognition – Josef Hollstegge, Ruthmann, Germany
- IPAF Training Centre of the Year – Mills Rental, Brazil
- Access Photograph of the Year – Tadeusz Koniecko, technical engineer, Riwal, Poland
- Product of the Year, Low Level Access – Power Towers, UK, for the Peco
- Product of the Year, Mast Climbing Work Platforms/Hoists – Scanclimber, Finland, for the Double Decker
- Product of the Year, Vehicle/Trailer Mounted – Ruthmann, Germany, for the Steiger T720 truck mount
- Product of the Year, Self-Propelled (Booms, Scissors, Atrium lifts)– Genie, USA, for the SX-180 telescopic boom lift
- Outstanding Customer Service – Access Plus, UK
- Contribution to Safe Working at Height – Peter Douglas, Nationwide Platforms, UK
- Powered Access Pioneer – Galmon, Singapore
- Innovative Use of Access Equipment – Fraco Products, Canada
- Access Rental Company of the Year – AFI-Uplift, UK
- IPAF and Access International Lifetime Achievement Award – Mike Evans, UK
The IAPAs 2014 saw more than 100 entries across 13 award categories. The next IPAF Summit and IAPAs will be held on March 26, 2015 in Washington, DC, USA.