Entries are now open for the International Awards for Powered Access 2013, jointly organized by Access International, Access Lift & Handlers and the International Powered Access Federation. The IAPA awards ceremony and dinner, and the IPAF Summit conference, will be held on March 26, 2013 at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel in Miami.
The IAPAs celebrate best practice and excellence in the powered access industry and attract full-capacity audiences of around 450 each year. This is the fifth time that the awards are being held.
The categories, open to all companies and individuals in the powered access industry, are:
• IPAF Safety Champion
• Access Rental Company of the Year
• Contribution to Safe Working at Height
• Product of the Year – Vehicle/trailer-mounted
• Product of the Year – Self-propelled (booms, scissors, atrium lifts)
• Product of the Year – Mast climbing work platforms/hoists
• Product of the Year – Low-level access
• Award for Outstanding After Sales Service
• Access Project of the Year
• IPAF/Access International Lifetime Achievement Award
There are three categories designed for IPAF member companies and individuals only:
• Best New IPAF Training Center
• IPAF Training Instructor of the Year
• Best Marketing Campaign for Safety and IPAF Training
The judges are looking for professionalism and good business practice, innovation and forward thinking, quality, and client satisfaction.
“The IAPAs are highly competitive as there is always pressure to do better than other companies and business associates in the industry,” said IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman. “We encourage manufacturers, rental companies, contractors and equipment users from all over the world — anyone who believes they should win an award — to submit an entry.”
Companies and individuals can enter themselves or nominate others. They can submit entries for more than one award, and more than one entry per category. There is no charge for entering. Awards are for activities undertaken and for products launched in 2012. The deadline for entries is Dec. 21.
The independent judging panel is comprised of industry experts with long-standing experience in the business. Entries must be submitted in English using the official entry form available at www.iapa-summit.info.
In addition to the awards, there will also be an access photography competition, sponsored by U.K. rental company Facelift Access Hire, who will donate the €1,000 (U.S. $1,295) prize.
Judges will look for a spectacular or beautiful shot that helps promote access equipment and/or highlights an important aspect of safety or productivity.
The deadline for the photo competition is Feb. 1, 2013.
IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organization that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide. Members include rental companies, manufacturers, distributors and equipment owners.