IPAF Elevando España Enjoys Successful Third Edition in Seville

Peter Douglas, IPAF CEO, presents at Elevando

IPAF Elevando España and the IPAF PDS successfully took place in Seville at the AC Hotel Sevilla Forum by Marriott, unfolding on February 15th and 16th and attracting more than 125 attendees. IPAF Elevando commenced in the afternoon, followed by the PDS for instructors the following day. The central theme remained "How to increase safety and professionalism in the sector and quality training." This marks the third edition of IPAF Elevando in Spain. 

Demonstrating IPAF's commitment to the region, Peter Douglas, CEO and Managing Director of IPAF was in attendance, offering his support and engaging with members. IPAF Elevando also marked the first event for Jose María Sevilla as President of IPAF’s Spain Council and Alberto Miñarro as Vice President. A notable highlight was the presentation of the first IPAF Spain Awards. The recipients for the highest PAL Card issuances were as follows: 

Gold Award: Daryat Platforms, received by José Ramón Etxebarría 

Silver Award: LoxamHune, accepted by Inma Fabregat 

Bronze Award: Homs Rental, collected by José Carlos Blanquez 

Additionally, special acknowledgment was given to the first IPAF Training Centre in Spain, AP Aerial, received by its director, Florencio Alonso. The event also saw the presence of the ELEVA Alliance, represented by ANAPAT and ANAGRUAL. 

Discussions on Challenges in Quality Training in Companies, moderated by Macarena García, emphasised the necessity for substantial investment in employee training for effective outcomes, with collaboration between the Andalusian Government and IPAF in promoting safety and height training. 

IPAF PDS 

The following day hosted IPAF PDS, mandatory for IPAF instructors. The event commenced with the introduction of the new IPAF board in Spain, followed by insights into the latest advancements in IPAF training, including digitalisation and practical workshops. 

Key speakers included Ana Oñate, IPAF project coordinator, discussing IPAF 2024 digitalisation, and Juan Soria, IPAF auditor, elaborating on IPAF's quality standards. Presentations covered topics such as MEWP inspection, Total Cost of Ownership, Energy Impact of Batteries in a MEWP, and Correct Load Mooring. The event also featured exhibitions of various machinery and devices, including models from Sinoboom, LGMG, Haulotte, and the Gravity Joe device. 

Reflecting on the event’s success, Ainara Greño, IPAF’s Spain Regional Manager, said: "We are delighted with the engagement received at IPAF Elevando España. The event offered a great lineup of speakers, delivering insights drawn from their extensive industry experience. It was refreshing to witness a genuine commitment to understanding the root causes of accidents, emphasising their role in informing future prevention strategies. The increase in attendance reaffirmed our collective dedication to enhancing safety standards within the industry and this collaborative effort reflects our ongoing commitment to ensuring a safer working environment for all" 

Thank you to the following companies who sponsored IPAF Elevando España 2024: 

  • Gold+ Sponsor: Sinoboom 
  • Gold Sponsors: Discover Batteries, Haulotte, LGMG 
  • Silver Sponsors: Elevah, Anzeve, JLG/Power Towers, Socage, RB Componentes, Plataformas Moyma 
  • Networking Sponsor: Eleva 
  • In Collaboration with: Movicarga Magazine, LoxamHune, Junta de Andalucia 

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