IPAF Smooth Operator Skills Challenge at Vertikal Days
Andrew Howell and Donal O’Reilly claim 1st Prize
IPAF sought the smoothest operator at Vertikal Days through its interactive and competitive demonstration activity on its stand.
Valid PAL Card holders were invited to participate in IPAF's Smooth Operator Skills Challenge to demonstrate their level of ability in operating MEWPs and to illustrate the importance of training for safe and effective use of machinery.
A water-filled bucket topped with 10 floating ping-pong balls was attached beneath the boom's basket. The challenge to participants was to manoeuvre the machine over a course in the IPAF demonstration area whilst retaining as much water and as many ping-pong balls in the bucket as possible. The course included driving the machine over a set of timbers/humps and parking the machine in between two cones before slewing the basket around to ring an elevated bell for 10 points.
Reversing to the original starting position, participants could aim to rest the bucket in the centre of a target for 25 points, 15 points for the middle circle and 10 points for the outer circle. Five points were deducted for every 250ml of water lost from the bucket and a point lost for every missing ping-pong ball. A maximum of 45 points was possible. Although the activity for each participant was timed, emphasis was on smooth operation, not speed; times were only referred to if two operators scored the same number of points.
The challenge was made harder by the pressure of spectators oohing and ahhing, jeering colleagues, and an IPAF commentator talking through pitfalls and progress and of the participant's efforts. Windy conditions on Thursday added more difficulty to the challenge.
Each day the following prizes were awarded to the top three point-scorers:
- 1st Prize - entry ticket to IPAF's UK Member Event (15 October 2015) at The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, including one night's accommodation and a three-course dinner, and either a crate of beer or six bottles of wine
- 2nd Prize - an IPAF high-viz jacket, and either a crate of beer or six bottles of wine
- 3rd Prize - an IPAF high-viz Jacket and an IPAF cap
Wednesday, 13 May1st Prize - Andrew Howell - 35 points
2nd Prize - Jason Spendlove - 30 points
3rd Prize - Andrew Waite - 30 points
Thursday, 14 May1st Prize - Donal O'Reilly - 35 points
2nd Prize - Lathan Pritchard - 30 points
3rd Prize - Alex Ward - 29 points
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.