Among many great features, the judges were impressed by the T 540's long upper boom and jib design, and felt the machine offered a great overall package to customers.
Product of the Year: Self-Propelled (Booms, Scissors, Atrium Lifts)
Cormidi, Italy, for the KB-X
The KB-X combines an access platform, under-bridge platform and compact crane. The design of the knuckle boom system on the boom to allow under-bridge access was particularly impressive.
Award for Outstanding After Sales Service
Independent Parts & Service (IPS), UK
IPS was described as having exceptional parts management capabilities, thanks, in part, to its recently introduced active stock profiling system.
Contribution to Safe Working at Height
The company made an important contribution to safety with its new Sanctuary Zone anti-entrapment device.
IPAF Safety Champion
Kevin O’Shea, Mastclimbers LLC
Highly Commended: Peter Douglas, Nationwide Platforms, UK
This was a very strong category and a very close call. So, to break with tradition, the judges decided a Highly Commended certificate should be created, in addition to the winner's award. The Highly Commended certificate went to Peter Douglas from Nationwide Platforms, UK, while the winning trophy was presented to Kevin O'Shea from Mastclimbers LLC. The latter presented his Safety Awareness Seminar to OSHA employees in 20 US cities in 2012, among many other achievements.
Access Project of the Year
Scanclimber provided mast climbing equipment to help refurbish the first floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
Access Rental Company of the Year
Industrial Access, Romania
Industrial Access picked up this coveted award for taking a leading role in an emerging market, often taking difficult decisions for the right reasons, as well as lobbying its government for safety regulation.
IPAF/Access International Lifetime Achievement Award
Harry McArdle founded Height for Hire in Ireland in 1978, buying the company's first self propelled boom in 1980. Since then, the business, also operating under the Easi Uplifts name, has added rental operations in the UK, as well as Slovakia and Hungary. One of his most significant contributions over the latter years has been his full support of IPAF.