Industry Leaders to Direct Interactive Workshops at IPAF Innovate 2018

Industry Leaders to Direct Interactive Workshops at IPAF Innovate 2018

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) released the schedule for IPAF Innovate 2018, its new, interactive event set for Oct. 16-17 in the Houston area, with MEWP and MCWP industry leaders facilitating 10 collaborative workshops where attendees will work together to address common problems.

Organized by the IPAF North American Regional Council, the participatory event will differ from others that feature educational sessions and product displays, empowering attendees to lend their voice in promoting positive changes in the industry among influential representatives from manufacturers, rental companies, dealers, distributors, contractors, and service companies.

The two-day event, held at the Houston Area Safety Council Headquarters in Pasadena, Texas, will feature the workshops on the first day and “competitive” presentations on the next, with attendees voting on the best solutions offered. The creativity of the first day will culminate in an evening networking event with a cocktail reception and dinner at the inspiring venue of the Space Center Houston.

The workshop topics and facilitators will include:

  • Exiting an Elevated Work Platform 
    Facilitator: Scott Owyen - Training Manager, Genie
  • Site Risk Assessment
    Facilitator: Mark Hinkel - President, Institute for Aerial Lift Safety
  • Introduction to Platform Load Sensing (i.e. how will it affect your job)
    Facilitator: Baldemar Guerrero - Director Environment Health and Safety, BlueLine Rental
  • Recognizing and Avoiding Electrocution
    Facilitator: Matthew Eckstine - Director of Operations and Safety Consultant, Eckstine & Associates, Inc.
  • MEWP Rescue Plan
    Facilitator: Jeff Stachowiak - Director of Safety Training, Sunbelt Rentals Inc.
  • Do We Know What a Safe Work Site Is?
    Facilitator: Ian McGregor - Director of Product Safety, Skyjack Inc.
  • Near Misses
    Facilitator: Forrest Hester - Chief Development Officer, Tutus, LLC
  • Retraining
    Facilitator: Teresa Kee - Corporate Director, Field Safety, United Rentals Inc.
  • Safe MEWP Traveling on Site
    Facilitator: Ebbe Christensen - President, ReachMaster Inc.
  • Qualified Service Technicians
    Facilitator: Andrew Martinez - Product Training Specialist, JLG

Registration for IPAF Innovate 2018 is open. Book now at $125 for IPAF members and nonmembers. For full event information and to register, go to


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