Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek Hotel

6 March 2019

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Hall of fame

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Around 300 industry professionals gathered on 8 March 2018 in Miami, USA, to honour the winners of the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs).


The 2018 IAPA winners, and judges’ comments, were as follows:


Access Rental Company of the Year:



“In 2017 United really delivered: It managed two significant acquisitions, reported record utilisation rates, and demonstrated a commitment to training with the United Academy.”


Powered Access Pioneer:



“This was another competitive category, but Horizon won us over with its strong growth record, lean management style and commitment to customer service.”


Contribution to Safe Working at Height:

HAULOTTE, France, for its ACTIV’Lighting System


“So simple, but very effective. A great aid to the safe loading and unloading of machines.”


Product of the Year – Mast Climbing Work Platforms/Hoists:

SCANCLIMBER, Finland, for its Counter Balanced Extension system for MCWPs


“One of the most innovative Mast Climbing Work Platform products we have seen, and extending the possible applications for several of the company’s existing products.”


Product of the Year – Scissor Lifts and Vertical Masts:

HEMATEC ARBEITSBÜHNEN, Germany, for its Helix 1205 mast boom


“The platform’s compact design, electro-hydraulic drive and negative reach capability makes it a truly versatile MEWP.”


Product of the Year – Self-propelled Booms & Atrium Lifts:

NIFTYLIFT, UK, for its self-propelled HR21 4x4 (Mark II)


“We were impressed with the overall package; the platform’s low weight and hybrid power system, which gives extended duty cycles and significant reductions in fuel use.”


Product of the Year – Vehicle/trailer-mounted:

RUTHMANN, Germany, for its T650 HF


“This is a special machine, with basket rotation, a compact design and a remarkable outreach of 43 metres.”


Project of the Year:



“It’s an impressive project, with UP Makine providing machines to work 24/7 on three terminal buildings.”


Innovative Technology:



“This is about safety, safety and safety! It represents a step forward in controlling access to machines and making working at height safer. A system that ensures harnesses are used.”


IPAF Training Centre of the Year:



“A-Plant had an outstanding year for training in 2017, with very positive course evaluations. The company provides safety information for free, which says a lot about its ethos.”


IPAF Training Instructor of the Year:

PETER WALLACE of NIS Training in the UK


“Peter is an independent instructor and demonstrated outstanding work. He has a great approach to engaging with candidates and always shows a very positive attitude.”


IPAF/Access International Lifetime Achievement Award:

DAN KAPLAN, US, international rental consultant and author


An internationally renowned expert on the rental industry since establishing his own consultancy in 1997, Dan Kaplan spent 15 years as president of Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, during which time he grew sales from $58 million to over $500 million and expanded from 55 domestic locations to 140 locations worldwide.


In his years as a consultant he has worked with rental companies all over the world, helping them with their strategies and performing operational reviews of more than 2000 rental locations. He is regularly consulted by financial institutions and equipment manufacturers. His book, Service Success, published in 1994, has become a bible for anyone interested in the rental business.


His expertise has long been recognised in the industry. In 2006 he was inducted into the American Rental Association’s Hall of Fame, and in 2013 was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the European Rental Association.


Access Photograph of the Year (sponsored by Facelift):

NEIL LAWRENCE, ORION PLATFORMS, for his picture of St Margaret’s Church, City of London, UK


Neil is Hire Desk Manager for Orion Platforms in the UK, and captured an image of a Palfinger WT450, 45m truck mount with 28m of outreach and a 600kg basket payload, which Orion supplied to the National Trust to inspect all the lead work on the spire of the Sir Christopher Wren-designed church.

2018 IAPA awards shortlist

The response has been excellent, with more than 100 high-quality entries received across the 13 categories. IPAF and Access International would like to thank everyone who took part and encourage those who did not make the shortlist this year to enter again for the 2019 awards.

Access Rental Company of the Year

  • A-Plant, UK
  • Loxam, France
  • Shanghai Horizon, China
  • Star Platforms, UK
  • United Rentals, US


Contribution to Safe Working at Height

  • Dispersion Solutions - I-foot, UK
  • Galmon - Safe working practices, Singapore
  • Haulotte - ACTIV’Lighting System, France
  • Tutus - Dropped Object Prevention System, US


The IAPA Innovative Technology Prize

  • Control Dynamics (CDI) - Piranha Lox System, US
  • Genie - Tech Sight, US
  • Multitel Pagliero - 16m Hybrid, Italy
  • Niftylift - Second Generation Hybrid, UK
  • PB Lifttechnik - Bi-Power Charger


IPAF Training Centre of the Year

  • A-Plant, UK
  • Mills Serviços e Engenharia, Brazil
  • ALS Safety (Riwal), The Netherlands
  • Sinoboom, China


IPAF Training Instructor of the Year

  • Brian Downham, Skyjack, Canada
  • Daniel de Matos Batista, Mills, Brazil
  • Peter Wallace, NIS Training, UK


Powered Access Pioneer

  • Dingli, China
  • PartnerLift, Germany
  • Shanghai Horizon Equipment & Engineering, China


Product of the Year - Mast Climbing Work Platforms & Hoists

  • Electroelsa - PM-M50, Italy
  • Maber Hoist  - MB A 800150-SR, Italy
  • Scanclimber - Counter Balanced Extension


Product of the Year – Self Propelled Booms & Atrium Lifts

  • Easy Lift - RA26HY, Italy
  • Genie - S-85 XC, US
  • JLG Industries  - 600S, US
  • Niftylift - HR21 4x4 (MKII), UK
  • Platform Basket - 2714, Italy
  • Skyjack - SJ85 AJ, Canada


Product of the Year – Scissor Lifts & Vertical Masts

  • Almac - Bibi 1090-BL Evo, Italy
  • Hematec Arbeitsbühnen - Helix 1205,Germany
  • PB Lifttechnik - S128-19E HT, Germany


Product of the Year – Vehicle and Trailer Mounted

  • Bronto Skylift - S70XR, Finland
  • Palfinger Platforms - P 370 KS, Germany
  • Ruthmann - T650 HF, Germanny
  • Socage - forste 20D, Italy


Project of the Year

  • Aria Aerial Platforms – Shrimad Rajchandra Statue, India
  • UP MakineIstanbul Airport, Turkey
  • Mills Serviços e Engenharia - São Bento wind farm, Brazil
  • Scanclimber - The Fennel skyscraper, Malaysia



2018 judging panel


The 2018 independent panel of judges were as follows.


Now retired, Chris Bowers served as senior vice president, customer strategy, sales and marketing at US-based NES Rentals from 2005 until 2017, when NES was sold to United Rentals.


Chris Carmolingo has been regional vice president at BlueLine Rental, in the US, since 2015. Before that he was president and CEO at access specialist Trico Lift.


Ib Steffensen is the director of the lift department at truck mounted platform and crane rental company BMS and a member of its executive board. He has been employed at BMS since 2009 and has been in the rental industry for 25 years.


Nick Selley is business development director at UK-based access equipment rental company AFI Group and was inaugurated as IPAF president in 2017.


Tobias Ritzenhöfer is the director of engineering at Germany-based tracked platform manufacturer Teupen Maschinenbau, which also produces the self propelled extreme off-road Puma lift. Ritzenhöfer has huge experience in the industry and at Teupen, having started at the company in 1996 as an apprentice mechanic.











IPAF Summit Program 2018

08:30 REGISTRATION, coffee and opportunity to browse sponsors’ tables


MEWP Breakout Session

10:00 – 10:10


Tim Whiteman, CEO & Managing Director, IPAF

Morning session hosted by Tony Groat, North America Regional Manager, IPAF


10:10 – 10:50

Product Innovation: The Worksite of the Future

Guruprasad P. Bandekar, Vice President, Global Engineering and Program Management. JLG Industries, Inc.


10:50 – 11:20

Selecting MEWPs for Sustainability

Giancarlo Bobbio, Marketing Director for the Americas, Haulotte


11:20 – 11:45

IPAF’s Global VR/Sim Consultation

Giles Councell, Director of Operations, IPAF


 11:45 – 12:30

VR/Sim Panel: Can Sims replace real MEWPs in training?

CHAIRED BY Andy Studdert, Former CEO NES Rentals

Jim Colvin, Chief Executive Officer, Serious Labs Inc.

Brad Boehler, President, Skyjack Inc.

James Dorris, Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety, United Rentals, Inc.

Giles Councell, Director of Operations, IPAF

Peter Douglas, Executive Director of Operations, Nationwide Platforms

Darren Bechtel, Founder & Managing Director, Brick & Mortar Ventures


MCWP Breakout Session

10:00 – 10:10


Romina Vanzi, Head of Regional Development & MCWPs, IPAF

Angel Ibanez, Global Representative for MCWP and Related Products, IPAF


10:10 – 10:30

Review of US Regulations Affecting MCWPs

Kevin O’Shea, Director of Safety, Hydro Mobile Inc.


10:30 – 10:50

The Impact of Canada’s New Standards

Sony Trudel, Director of Engineering, Hydro Mobile Inc. and chair of the CSA committees B354 for MCWPs and Transport Platforms


10:50 – 11:10

Regulations Affecting Hoists in Different Regions

Diego Benetton, Sales Director, Maber Hoist Srl




11:40 – 12:00

IPAF New Hoist Training Program

Angel Ibanez, Global Representative for MCWP and Related   Products, IPAF


12:00 – 12:20

The Labor and Skills Shortage

Kevin O’Shea, Director of Safety, Hydro Mobile Inc.


12:20 – 12:30

Open Discussion and Conclusions


12:10 – 1:30   LUNCH


1:30 – 1:35

Start of Plenary Session

Afternoon session hosted by Tim Whiteman, CEO & Managing Director, IPAF


1:35 – 2:15

Valuing Sustainability

William B. Plummer, EVP and Chief Financial Officer, United Rentals, Inc.


2:15 – 3:00

Is Transformation Sustainable?

Norty Turner, CEO, Riwal




3:30 – 4:00

Technological Challenges for Rental

Pedro Luis Fernández Pérez, Chairman & CEO, General de Alquiler de Maquinaria S.A. (GAM)


4:00 – 4:35

Incident History: An Evolution of Safe Use

Brad Boehler, President, Skyjack Inc.


4:35 – 5:15

Rental Panel

Chaired by Andy Studdert, Former CEO NES Rentals

Michael Kneeland, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Rentals, Inc.

Norty Turner, CEO, Riwal

Nick Selley, Group Business Development Director, AFI

Dan Kaplan, CEO, Daniel Kaplan Associates

Pedro Luis Fernandez, President, GAM


5:15 - 5:30  CLOSE

Nick Selley, Group Business Development Director, AFI and President of IPAF




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