IPAF Middle East Convention 2017


7 November 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The third annual IPAF Middle East Convention brings together key industry professionals, providing an opportunity to hear from international speakers on developments across the region and beyond.

Attendees represent a full spectrum of the industry, including manufacturers, dealers, training companies, users and operators. The event provides an exceptional educational and networking opportunity for all.

A range of current topics, technical and best practice advice, and safety guidance will be discussed throughout the event by a variety of industry speakers.

IPAF Middle East Convention 2017

Convention Mobile App

This year we have a web-app, featuring the convention programme, speaker details, feedback form and much more. To access the web-app, go to www.ipaf.org/mec17 on your mobile device - you should get the option to add a shortcut on your mobile device.

An internet-enabled mobile device with internet access via WiFi or mobile data is required to access the web-app.

Conference Programme

This programme and speakers may be subject to change without notice.

6 November
  • 09:00-12:30 | IPAF & JLG Workshop

    If your business is MEWP inspection then this is for you! The workshop is designed for MEWP inspection companies who perform six-monthly inspections.


  • 13:30-16:00 | IPAF Open-Door Meeting

    For contractors to join IPAF in discussing MEWP best practices.  The afternoon session will encourage safety professionals to understand the typical hazards and how to avoid them whilst using MEWPS.

    Free entry but booking is essential as seats are limited. Please email – jason.woods@ipaf.org

  • 18:00-20:00 | IPAF Networking Event

    Registered delegates are invited to attend the networking event in the conference hotel.

7 November - Morning
  • 08:30 | Registration

    Coffee and opportunity to browse sponsors’ tables

  • 09:15 | Welcome

    Tim Whiteman, CEO & MD, IPAF

  • 09:20 | Working at height scenarios

    Visual Leadership Team, Industrial Theatre:
    Al Naboodah

  • 09:50 | Training and competence: The Al Naboodah approach

    Rob Munn, General Manager SHEQ, Al Naboodah

  • 10:15 | Factors that influence the working at height behaviours of construction workers in the Middle East

    Steve Carpenter, Head of Health, Safety & Risk Management, WSP

  • 10:40 | Coffee Break

    Opportunity to browse sponsors’ tables

  • 11:00 | Big booms and extra capacity
    Sharbel Kordahi, Managing Director, Genie Terex
  • 11:25 | OSHAD Working at Height Campaign 2018
    John Ewing, Department Manager, Training & Capacity Building, OSHAD
  • 11:35 | Proficiency testing programmes for inspection of lifting equipment
    Osama Ahmed Melhem, Capability Development Senior Specialist, QCC
  • 11:55 | Panel Discussion - How do you manage occupational safety and health on site?
    Chaired by Tim Whiteman, CEO & MD, IPAF

    John Ewing, Department Manager, Training & Capacity Building, OSHAD
    Matthew Cox, Chairman, UAE Branch, IIRSM
    Matthew Jackson, Chairman, UAE Branch, IOSH
    Andrew Cook, Khansaheb
    Chris Bridle, Aecom
7 November - Afternoon
  • 12:30 | Signing of the IPAF & IIRSM memorandum of understanding
  • 12:35 | Lunch

    Opportunity to browse sponsors’ tables

  • 13:30 | Welcome back

    Tim Whiteman CEO & MD, IPAF

  • 13:35 | Are you prepared for an emergency rescue? 

    Rupert Douglas-Jones, Technical & Safety Officer, IPAF

  • 14:00 | Secondary Guarding throughout the MEWP Industry

    Phil Jones, Service Manager, JLG

  • 14:25 | Roles and responsibilities for ensuring continued safety of in-service lifting equipment

    Kevin Crilly, Regional Manager, Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA)

  • 15:00 | Coffee Break
    Opportunity to browse sponsors’ tables
  • 15:20 | Working safely on facades (MCWPs)
    Angel Ibanez, Global Representative for MCWPs & related products, IPAF
  • 15:40 | Panel Discussion - Managing MEWPs in Rental Fleets

    Chaired by Rob Cavaleri, Chairman of IPAF’s Middle East Regional Council

    Subhi Khudairi, Khudairi Group, Iraq
    Chris Brocklehurst, Hertz Equipment Middle East
    Abdulaziz Al Bassam, GTE, Saudi Arabia
    Dean Jones, AJI Rental Equipment, UAE
    Mike Palmer, Rapid Access, UAE

  • 16:20 | Closing remarks
    Tim Whiteman, CEO & MD, IPAF

Online Booking

IPAF members receive two free delegate places (*IPAF Individual Associate or Small User members receive one free delegate place). Each additional place and the non-member delegate price is $111.

IPAF Member

  • Convention entry
  • Buffet lunch
  • Refreshments
  • IPAF Networking Event (6th November)
Book now


  • Convention entry
  • Buffet lunch
  • Refreshments
  • IPAF Networking Event (6th November)
Book now

Become an IPAF Member

Annual IPAF membership from $111

The Venue

Intercontinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Event Location

  • Venue
    Intercontinental Hotel, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Phone
    +971 2 6666888
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