More than 470 people from 28 countries attended the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) on April 3, 2014, in Windsor, U.K., which saw 14 winners recognized for best practice, excellence, and innovation.

The IAPA awards are jointly organized by Access International and the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF).

The IAPAs took place on the same day as the IPAF Summit, where the audience of more than 200 was kept engaged through the panel of top-class speakers who delivered excellent presentations and scope for discussion.

During his closing speech, Tim Whiteman, IPAF CEO, revealed that the next IPAF Summit and IAPAs will be held on March 26, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

The 2014 IAPA winners are:

IPAF Training Instructor of the Year
Tony Radke, NES Rentals, USA
The judges said: “Tony Radke is an outstanding champion of IPAF, with great achievements in the US market.”

IPAF Training Instructor of the Year – Special Recognition
Josef Hollstegge, Ruthmann, Germany
The judges said: “With 40 years of travelling the world, Mr Hollstegge has transitioned easily to IPAF training and works with a technically difficult product, sometimes without the use of computers.”

IPAF Training Centre of the Year
Mills Rental, Brazil
The judges said: “We are impressed by the rate of growth and how Mills has taken the IPAF philosophy and driven it through the business.”

Access Photograph of the Year
Tadeusz Koniecko, technical engineer, Riwal, Poland
The judges said: “Mr Koniecko has captured the exhilarating atmosphere at the Palace of Culture and Science during the Grand Finale, a day-long fundraising event in Poland for national children’s charity, the GOCC.”

Product of the Year – Low Level Access
Power Towers, UK, for the Peco
The judges said: “This is really new, reliable and eco-friendly; a standout piece of equipment.”

Product of the Year -- Mast Climbing Work Platforms/Hoists
Scanclimber, Finland, for the Double Decker
The judges said: “A unique time saving product. The Double Decker platform is very flexible, meaning it has a wide operation range.”

Product of the Year – Vehicle/Trailer Mounted
Ruthmann, Germany, for the Steiger T720 truck mount
The judges said: “Outstanding features, including up-and-over reach. It can be fitted on a 4-axle chassis which reduces cost.”

Product of the Year - Self-Propelled (Booms, Scissors, Atrium lifts)
Genie, USA, for the SX-180 telescopic boom lift
The judges said: “The biggest self-propelled boom in the world (at the time of the judges’ meeting) has taken the product sector a step further into the area of truck mounts.”

Outstanding Customer Service
Access Plus, U.K.
The judges said: “A bright, energetic company doing things differently. Excellent customer focus through setting benchmarks and then building the whole company around that.”

Contribution to Safe Working at Height
Peter Douglas, Nationwide Platforms, U.K.
The judges said: “Mr Douglas has shown an outstanding personal commitment to safe working at height on behalf of his company, including the promotion of IPAF’s accident reporting project.”

Powered Access Pioneer
Galmon, Singapore
The judges said: “A unique example of developing and educating a market and focusing on safety. The company has also been instrumental in getting access equipment into other parts of South East Asia.”

Innovative Use of Access Equipment
Fraco Products, Canada
The judges said: “Building a new safe confinement over a damaged nuclear reactor at Chernobyl, Ukraine, Fraco created a solution to take loads of 5.5 tonnes up to 30 m without anchor or fixings to the structure. This was a very difficult job in an extremely dangerous environment.”

Access Rental Company of the Year
AFI-Uplift, UK
The judges said: “AFI provides 360 degree professionalism with uncompromising commitment to detail and improvement.”

IPAF and Access International Lifetime Achievement Award
Mike Evans, U.K.
The judges said: “Apart from forging an impressive career in access, Mike Evans has made a significant difference to this industry and gained the trust of those who have worked with him.”

There was an outstanding response to the IAPAs 2014, with more than 100 entries across 13 award categories, including a great number of very strong entries among these. The judges thank all who took part and encourage them to enter again in 2015.

The independent and impartial judging panel included: Andries Schouten, managing director of HDW Nederland and Gunco; Craig Paylor, former president of JLG and current president/owner of US-based National Truck Body (NTB) Solutions; George Landsberg, managing director and owner of South African access equipment distribution company Goscor Hi-Reach; Gerhard Hillebrand, IPAF’s representative in Italy since 2004, now retired; and Steve Couling, managing director of TIME-Versalift, U.K. & Ireland and IPAF president.

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