The picturesque Swiss village of Fiesch served as the backdrop for the highly anticipated IPAF Elevation Switzerland 2023, an event that brought together access industry experts and stakeholders from across the region. Held on the 15th of September, this event featured a range of high calibre industry speakers, each bringing their unique insights and expertise to the forefront.
Celebrating Four Decades of Excellence
IPAF, the International Powered Access Federation, marked a significant milestone during the event - 40 years of advancing safety, innovation, and excellence in the powered access industry. Peter Douglas, CEO & Managing Director of IPAF, took the stage to cover "40 Years of IPAF," reflecting on the organisation's rich history and its contributions to the industry over the past four decades.
Key Topics Covered
The conference covered an array of topical subjects. Christine Lell, Switzerland Representative & French Speaking Countries, started with an extensive review of 2022's powered access industry achievements in her presentation. Roger Grossniklaus, Switzerland Regional Manager IPAF, delved into the industry's "2023 Objectives" emphasising training quality and the Swiss Marketing Campaign.
Pierre Chevalier of CL Formations Pierre offered a detailed analysis of the ISTC (IPAF Summit) Report. Regula Tobler, Swiss Auditor IPAF, shared critical insights on maintaining high standards through her "Audit Report." Paolo Vismara explored the nuances of the SUVA checklist, highlighting its role in safety and compliance.
Maurizio Quaranta, Italy Representative & International Projects Coordinator IPAF, provided a behind-the-scenes look at quality training in his presentation. Romina Vanzi, Head of Regional Development and MCWPs, updated attendees on innovations in training materials, systems, and the IPAF Portal.
Addressing the critical issue of ground pressure in MEWP operations, Roger Schaffner and Oliver Hurni of Maltech AG shared their expertise. Additionally, to deepen the connection to the event's location, Bruno Margelisch, Mayor of Fiesch, offered an introduction to the town and its rich history.
Empowering Access for the Future
IPAF Elevation Switzerland 2023 was a testament to the industry's dedication to safety, innovation, and excellence. The event provided a unique platform for knowledge exchange, networking, and collaboration among professionals in the powered access sector.
As the event concluded, Peter Douglas, CEO & Managing Director of IPAF, expressed his optimism for the future, stating, "IPAF remains committed to empowering access in the industry. With the combined efforts of our global network and the insights shared today, we are poised for a future of unprecedented progress and safety."
IPAF Elevation Switzerland 2023 was a resounding success, reinforcing the organisation's role as a driving force in the powered access industry. The event attendees left with renewed energy and a shared vision of a safer, more innovative future.