Around 450 industry professionals gathered at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Kensington, London, UK on 10 March 2022, to honour the winners of the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs). As well as announcing and celebrating category winners, the event heard that next year the ceremony will be hosted in Berlin, Germany.
Jointly organised by Access International and IPAF, the IAPAs celebrate best practice and excellence in the powered access industry, and this was the first time the event was held in the UK since 2017 and marked a return to in-person format after a three-year hiatus owing to the pandemic. Those assembled celebrated the following winners:
IPAF Training Instructor of the Year
PHIL DRAYTON, Nationwide Platforms, UK
Over the past two years, Phil demonstrated his dedication to the industry by leading the company’s Covid training response and ensuring training centres were safe to provide face-to-face activities as soon as possible, among a range of other achievements.
IPAF Training Centre of the Year
AST had been singled out by IPAF as a top-performing training centre in 2021 – an achievement in itself – but the company also introduced a range of initiatives, including the development of a virtual reality (VR) simulator training programme.
Access Photograph of the Year, sponsored by Media Access Solutions (MAS)
DANIEL OLIVER, UK
Daniel was working for Paraplatforms when he took this inspiring shot of a Hinowa Lightlift 17.75 PIIIS working at the Natural History Museum in London. It is being used to clean and check the anchor points of Hope, a 25.2m-long blue whale skeleton hanging from the celling of the museum.
Contribution to Safe Working at Height
NATIONWIDE PLATFORMS, UK
The UK rental company’s range of safety initiatives was outstanding, including virtual knowledge sharing and training during the pandemic; the introduction of digital pre-use checks; and a remote assistance chat facility to help tackle technical safety issues.
Product of the Year – Mast Climbing Work Platforms/Construction Hoists
FRACO MANUFACTURING, Spain, Torgar PL-20 EXT 2V transport platform
The judges were impressed with the interchangeability of components and the large number of options for a single machine.
Product of the Year – Scissor Lifts and Vertical Masts
JLG, US, for its DaVinci all-electric scissor lift
The judges described it as an all-electric scissor with zero hydraulics, and a machine that maintains full productivity even as the battery is depleted. They also liked the platform’s ability to recover energy as its lowers.
Product of the Year – Vehicle/trailer-mounted
DINOLIFT, Finland, for the 230VTH hybrid truck mount
The judges praised the platform’s all-electric operation and compactness, combined with an impressive working envelope, making it an ideal rental solution.
Product of the Year – Self-propelled booms & Atrium lifts
JLG, US, for the 670SJ self-levelling boom
The judges highlighted the machine’s self-levelling chassis that automatically adapts on slopes of up to 10 degrees in any direction, while driving at its full height of 20.4metres.
SERIOUS LABS, Canada, for its VR simulator PAL Card conversion
The judges praised its programme to create a scenario within its existing MEWP VR simulator to allow an operator to renew their PAL Card, with the exact same elements as renewing it on a real MEWP.
CTE, Italy, for its S3 EVO stability system
This system, developed entirely by CTE, continuously monitors the platform configuration to provide flexibility of movement and ease of use.
Access Rental Company of the Year
JOLY LOCATION, France
Joly’s entry was based on its work helping to restore the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Judges were impressed by the range of equipment and expertise provided, including large truck mounts and spider lifts.
The Sustainability Award
RIWAL, Netherlands, for its Lifting Sustainability strategy
Riwal’s strategy encompasses many initiatives blended to create a new mindset in the company across internal communications, product development, regeneration initiatives and a circular economy approach to all its workflows.
IPAF/Access International Lifetime Achievement Award
CHRIS WRAITH, UK, independent powered access health & safety professional
Chris has dedicated much of his working life to improving a promoting safety and good practice in the MEWP industry. Between 1996 and 2000 he was Senior Training Instructor at Nationwide Access, updating courses and helping to develop IPAF’s MEWPs for Managers training course. As a long-serving committee member at IPAF, he also helped to develop the federation’s Safe Loading & Unloading training course.