Powered Access Awards Summit scheduled for March
IPAF Summit on March 26, 2013 in Miami
The International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) and the IPAF Summit conference will be held on 26 March 2013 at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel, Florida, USA. This unmissable event combines educational and networking opportunities as well as celebrating excellence in the access industry.
It is jointly organised by industry magazines Access International and Access Lift & Handlers, and IPAF. Put the date in your diary and be part of a host of events taking place from 25 to 27 March.
This is the first time that the IPAF Summit and IAPAs are being held in the US, and there is an excellent line-up of top speakers for the Summit conference.
26 March, morning and afternoon: IPAF Summit
The IPAF Summit will be a full day of plenary conference and seminars. The day will start at 9:00am with the IPAF Annual General Meeting (AGM) for IPAF members only. This will be followed by breakout seminars that all delegates can attend, covering topics related to AWPs and mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs), ranging from inspections and maintenance, to accident reporting and safety training.
The plenary conference in the afternoon will bring all delegates together and provide them with valuable take-home messages that contribute toward a professional and safe powered access industry. Ron DeFeo, chairman & CEO of Terex, will give the keynote address. Other confirmed speakers include Michael Kneeland, president & CEO of United Rentals, and Sérgio Kariya, managing director of the rental division of Mills Estruturas e Serviços de Engenharia SA in Brazil. The Summit is held in English, with simultaneous translation in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Attendance is free. Register in advance at www.iapa-summit.info
26 March, evening: International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs)Bookings are open for the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs), a gala dinner and awards ceremony which will take place at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel. The IAPAs celebrate best practice and excellence in the powered access industry. Award categories range from products and projects, to rental companies and after-sales service. Winners and finalists are chosen by a top-level, independent judging panel. The award categories and details on how to enter will be announced shortly. This ticket-only gala dinner is expected to attract more than 450 guests from around the world, so book early to be part of this special evening. Book now at www.iapa-summit.info.
Other events include:
25 March, afternoon: Aerial Work Platform (AWP) Management TrainingIPAF is running a half-day Aerial Work Platforms (AWPs) for Managers course from 12:30 to 5:00pm at a location next to the conference hotel. This course is targeted at project managers, construction foremen, supervisors and other personnel who need to manage the use of AWPs on site. The course covers equipment selection, legal responsibilities, safe and effective use, planning for the use of multiple AWPs in confined areas, etc. but does not include operator training. Candidates take a written test and receive a certificate of completion if successful.
25 March, evening: IPAF Networking EventThe IPAF Networking Event gives you a chance to meet colleagues, customers and industry friends in an informal atmosphere. It will be held at Villa 221, a fashionable venue located just across the street from the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel. Villa 221 comprises two of the city’s most distinctive historic and elegant Spanish villas which are over 100 years old.
Attendees can look forward to a buffet with relaxing entertainment in a garden setting. There is no cost to attend, and the networking event is open to all IPAF members and to people holding a ticket for the IAPA Awards Dinner. However, places for this popular event are limited to around 250. Register in advance at www.iapa-summit.info
27 March, morning: Site visitsDelegates will have the opportunity to visit rental depots and construction sites in the vicinity. Tours are being arranged by IPAF and details will be announced at the end of 2012.
The IPAF Summit and IAPAs 2014 will be held in the UK.
Book now for the IPAF Summit and IAPAs 2013 in Miami, Florida, USA at www.iapa-summit.info.
About the Author
IPAF is the parent organization of North America's Aerial Work Platform Training (AWPT). Both are not-for-profit member organizations that promote the safe and effective use of powered access equipment. Find more information at www.ipaf.org.