IAPA 2022 winners announced in London
By Euan Youdale10 March 2022
The winners of the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) were revealed to a record crowd in London, UK, on 10 March.
More than 450 industry professionals gathered at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington, for this year’s IAPAs, which celebrate best practice in the access industry across 13 award categories.
Among a raft of notable winners JLG triumphed in two product categories, while Riwal took home the trophy for the new Sustainability Award. There were also a number of first time winners, including manufacturers Torgar, from Spain, Finland’s Dinolift and Italy-based CTE, as well as French rental company Joly Location.
The winners were chosen by an independent judging panel of industry experts from over 130 high quality entries – the most ever received for these awards. (See details about the judges below).
Event organisers Access International and IPAF also announced the location of the 2023 event, which will take place in Berlin, Germany.
THE IAPA 2022 WINNERS
(See the full shortlist with a summary of all those entries).
IPAF/Access International Lifetime Achievement Award
CHRIS WRAITH, UK, independent powered access health & safety professional
The Sustainability Award
RIWAL, Netherlands, for its Lifting Sustainability strategy
Access Rental Company of the Year
JOLY LOCATION, France
Digital Development Award
SERIOUS LABS, Canada, for its VR simulator PAL Card conversion
Innovative Technology Prize
CTE, Italy, for its S3 EVO stability system
Contribution to Safe Working at Height
NATIONWIDE PLATFORMS, UK
Access Photograph of the Year
(Sponsored by Media Access Solutions (MAS))
DANIEL OLIVER, UK
Daniel was working for Paramount Platforms 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.
Product of the Year – Mast Climbing Work Platforms/Construction Hoists
FRACO MANUFACTURING SL, Spain, Torgar PL-20 EXT 2V transport platform
Product of the Year – Scissor Lifts and Vertical Masts
JLG, US, for its DaVinci all-electric scissor lift
Product of the Year – Vehicle/trailer-mounted
DINOLIFT, Finland, for the 230VTH hybrid truck mount
Product of the Year – Self-propelled booms & Atrium lifts
JLG, US, for the 670SJ self-levelling boom
IPAF MEMBER-ONLY AWARDS
IPAF Training Instructor of the Year
PHIL DRAYTON, Nationwide Platforms, UK
IPAF Training Centre of the Year
Citation for Chris Wraith, Lifetime achievement award
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.
In 2005 he became Safety, Health & Environmental Advisor at Nationwide Access and in 2008 took on the role of UK QHSE Manager at Lavendon Access Services. In 2011, he joined IPAF as Technical & Safety Executive, where he worked with national and international bodies to influence developments in the safe design and use of MEWPs and to promote the objectives of IPAF and its members.
Chris left IPAF in 2018 to continue to pursue his passion for MEWP safety as director of consultancy firm Access Safety Management. He still serves on several IPAF committees, including the International Safety Committee.
The winners and shortlist were chosen by an independent and impartial judging panel who were excluded from entering their company in any of the categories.
Nico Krekeler, (top left),Head of Design and Development at Ruthmann Holdings, and Chairman, Ruthmann Italia;
Michel Petitjean, (top middle), Secretary General of the European Rental Association;
Andy Studdert, (top right), Independent Corporate Director and Past President of IPAF, formerly CEO of NES Rentals;
Jonathan Till, (bottom left), Owner of UK independent access equipment rental company GTAccess, and member of the IPAF UK Country Council; and
Paolo Pianigiani, (botton right), Commercial Director, IMER Group;
Euan Youdale, Editor of Access International magazine, non-voting chair.
See www.iapa-summit.info for more details.