More than 400 industry professionals gathered on March 17 in Madrid, Spain to recognize and honor the winners of the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs).
Jointly organized by Access International and IPAF, the IAPAs celebrate best practice and excellence in the powered access industry.
The next IPAF Summit and IAPAs will be held on April 4, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel, Wembley, London, UK.
The 2016 IAPA winners are:
IAPA Innovative Technology Prize
France Elevateur, France, for the 172 ATBI platform
IPAF/Access International Lifetime Achievement Award
Access Rental Company of the Year
Nationwide Platforms, UK
Powered Access Pioneer
Contribution to Safe Working at Height
Product of the Year – Mast climbing work platforms/hoists
XL Group, France, for the XMH multimast platform
Product of the Year – Self-propelled above 20ft/6.1m
Almac, Italy, for the BIBI 850-BL
Product of the Year – Self-propelled below 20 ft/6.1m
Haulotte, France, for the STAR 6
Product of the Year – Vehicle/trailer mounted
Time Versalift, Denmark, for the LAT-38-135-H
Project of the Year
Hydro Mobile, Canada, for the new FAA Control Tower at Tucson Airport, Arizona, USA.
IPAF Training Centre of the Year
IPAF Instructor of the Year
José Ramón Etxebarria Urrutia, Spain
Access Photo of the Year (sponsored by Facelift)
Trevor Chapman (submitted by Nationwide Platforms)
The independent and impartial judging panel spent a full day considering the more than 100 entries received. The judges made their decisions based on the merit of each entry and were excluded from entering their company for any awards.
The 2016 IAPA judges were:
• Mark Atkinson, health & safety manager, Clugston Construction, UK
• Shawn Ong, COO, Galmon, Singapore
• Ivan Papell, managing director and owner, Liftisa, Spain
• Martin Vögtli, CEO, SkyAccess, Switzerland
• Andy Studdert, IPAF president, and chairman & CEO, NES Rentals, USA
• Non-voting chairman of the judges: Euan Youdale, editor, Access International
More event details are at www.iapa-summit.info