IPAF INNOVATE 2018

October 16 - 17, 2018, Pasadena, Texas, USA
www.ipaf.org/innovate

IPAF North American Regional Council presents:

IPAF INNOVATE 2018
“Innovation doesn’t happen by itself”
2018 Aerial and Mast Climber Workshop Challenge & Awards

October 16 - 17, 2018, Pasadena, Texas, USA
Houston Area Safety Council Headquarters and NASA Space Center Houston

Innovation doesn’t happen by itself - become part of this event

Join us in Texas at the Houston Area Safety Council headquarters for an exciting new interactive event where you will collaborate and network with industry colleagues from manufacturers, rental companies, contractors, service companies – drivers, mechanics, managers, salespersons, operators and supervisors – in problem-solving workshops on the first day and presentations on the next.

Each attendee will be an active participant in promoting positive changes in the industry and will be assigned to one of the ten available workshops each facilitated by an IPAF North American Regional Council member - although you can specify your preferred workshops during registration.

The workshop topics are, Exiting an elevated work platform; Site risk assessment; Introduction to platform load sensing; Recognizing and avoiding electrocution; MEWP rescue plan; Do we know what a safe work site is?; Near misses; Retraining; Safe MEWP travelling on site; Qualified service technicians. See below for full details.

An evening networking event at NASA!

On October 16, an evening networking event with a cocktail reception and buffet dinner will take place at the NASA Space Center Houston.

The evening begins with a drinks reception at the Independence Plaza -  an experience like nothing else in the world. Experience the inspiring history of the space shuttle program by entering the shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft, and then explore this giant plane with hands-on exhibits displaying the innovation and creativity that made the space shuttle program possible. It is the world’s only shuttle mounted on an SCA and the only one allowing the public to enter both.

The evening continues with a buffet dinner in the Astronaut Gallery at Space Center Houston. Enjoy a southern comfort buffet dinner surrounded by one of the most comprehensive collection of space apparel in the world. 

See the ejection suit that astronaut John Young wore on the first shuttle flight in 1981. Check out the T-38 flight suit worn by our second female astronaut and fallen hero, Judy Resnik. These are just two of the many amazing suits on display.

IPAF North American Regional Council Members

  • Lindsey Anderson
    Editor, Access, Lift & Handlers, KHL Group Americas
  • Brad Boehler
    President, Skyjack Inc
  • Ebbe Christensen
    President, ReachMaster Inc
  • James Dorris
    Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety, United Rentals Inc
  • Matthew Eckstine
    Director of Operations and Safety Consultant, Eckstine & Associates, Inc
  • Baldemar Guerrero
    Director Environment Health and Safety, BlueLine Rental
  • Forrest Hester
    Chief Development Officer, Tutus, LLC
  • Mark Hinkel
    President, Institute For Aerial Lift Safety
  • William J Holler
    Sr. Vice President/Risk Advisory Solutions, The Horton Group
  • Harrison Jenkins
    Design Engineer, Terex AWP
  • Teresa Kee
    Corporate Director, Field Safety, United Rentals Inc
  • Jennifer Lombard
    President, Lizzy Lift
  • Tim Lotspeich
    VP of Risk and Transportation, Snorkel USA
  • Ian McGregor
    Director of Product Safety, Skyjack Inc
  • Kevin O'Shea
    Director of Safety and Training, Hydro Mobile Inc
  • Alastair Robertson
    President, Universal Equipment Inc
  • Scott Sasser
    Sales/Product Manager, Palfinger - Platforms Division
  • Richard Smith
    Sr. Director, Product Training, JLG Industries, Inc
  • Jeff Stachowiak
    Director of Safety Training, Sunbelt Rentals Inc
  • Greg Strid
    Director of Training, Mastclimbers LLC
  • Jeff Valind
    VP of Operations, Custom Equipment, Inc
  • Tony Groat
    North America - Regional Manager, IPAF

Event Schedule

Schedule subject to change without notice

Day 1 - October 16
  • 11:00 | Registration and lunch
  • 12:00 | Welcome & Introductions
  • 12:30 - 17:00 | Workshops
  • 18:15 - 19:15 | Cocktail reception at NASA Independence Plaza
  • 19:15 - 20:15 | Buffet dinner at NASA Astronaut Gallery
Day 2 - October 17
  • 08:00 - 11:00 | Presentations
  • 11:00 - 11:30 | Voting on presentations
  • 11:30 - 12:00 | Award and close

Workshop Topics

The ten workshop topics are as follows, during registration you can specify your preferred topic.

Please note, we will be keeping the groups balanced and as such, you may not get your initial choices. You can only participate in one workshop and you will be notified before the event on your assigned group.

1. Exiting an elevated work platform
Facilitator: Scott Owyen - Training Manager, Genie
A controversial subject that happens every day no matter of opinion. How can we change it from a conversation topic to an action point?

2. Site risk assessment
Mark Hinkel - President, Institute For Aerial Lift Safety
How many times do we see situations that could have been prevented if someone took the effort to look out for hazardous elements on a job-site in advance rather than just showing up with the equipment to get the job done?

3. Introduction to platform load sensing (i.e. how will it affect your job)
Facilitator: Baldemar Guerrero - Director Environment Health and Safety, BlueLine Rental
You may love it, you may hate it, - it is here to stay. How will that affect how the jobs get done from construction sites, service work to building maintenance?

4. Recognizing and avoiding Electrocution
Facilitator: Matthew Eckstine - Director of Operations and Safety Consultant, Eckstine & Associates, Inc
We all know it is the # 1 killer animal in the aerial industry, yet, we have to live with the beast as it feeds the very energy to the projects we work on. How can we continue to take better measures as apparently, we haven’t learned yet how to stay clear of the killer beast’s path.

5. MEWP rescue plan
Facilitator: Jeff Stachowiak - Director of Safety Training, Sunbelt Rentals Inc
Yes, we all have a plan - but have we shared it and made sure everyone knows what it is? MEWP rescue plans are now mandatory, and how will that impact our industry and how we work.

6. Do we know what a safe work site is?
Facilitator: Ian McGregor - Director of Product Safety, Skyjack Inc
It is just not all about the operator, but is the work site environment safe, have we done what we can to make sure nobody gets hit by falling objects,  have proper precautions been made and what makes a job site safe for the surrounding area and those occupying it?

7. Near misses
Facilitator: Forrest Hester - Chief Development Officer, Tutus, LLC
Unfortunately, it happens every day, but how do we communicate them? How do we develop and maintain a chain of communication where we both can learn from near misses and use these incidents in a pro-active way beyond just the person/s that experienced it?

8. Retraining
Facilitator: Teresa Kee - Corporate Director, Field Safety, United Rentals Inc
What’s the difference between 10 years’ experience and 1 year’s experience that is 10 years old? Because we have been trained once does it mean we have been trained forever?  As technology changes the playing field every day,  are we good enough to update our training and how to use equipment safely?

9. Safe MEWP travelling on site
Facilitator: Ebbe Christensen - President, ReachMaster Inc
Accidents involving MEWPs have thankfully been in decline thanks to better technology, yet when MEWP accidents happen, a great majority is not when they are in the air, but on the ground. During on/off loading, moved to the site or moved around on site. Why can’t we learn to get it right after all these years?

10. Qualified service technicians
Facilitator: Andrew Martinez - Product Training Specialist, JLG
Are we losing qualified technicians faster through retirement than new Technician are joining the industry? With rapid change in technology comes rapid demand for technicians that can maintain the equipment, but is the industry ready for it? How do we get the next generation interested in this field of work and how do we ensure that they are up to the task?

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IPAF Member

$125
  • Activities at HASC
  • Lunch and refreshments on October 16
  • Drinks reception and buffet dinner at NASA
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Non-Member

$125
  • Activities at HASC
  • Lunch and refreshments on October 16
  • Drinks reception and buffet dinner at NASA
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The Venue

Event Location

  • Houston Area Safety Council Headquarters
    5213 Center Street, Pasadena, TX 77505

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The Event Hotel

The Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake, 3000 Nasa Pkwy, Houston, Texas 77058-4322, is the host hotel for the event and there is a special group rate of $139 per night (excluding taxes) for attendees. This is available until 1 October 2018.

Reservations are to be made by calling the hotel directly at 281-333-9300 quoting the group code IPAF or book online using the special link below:

Hilton Hotel Online Reservation (IPAF group rate)

The hotel offers complimentary on-site self-parking for all guests.

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