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Paylor and Boehler Head IPAF U.S. Convention Lineup

Brad Boehler, president of Skyjack, and former JLG president Craig Paylor top the lineup of speakers at the International Powered Access Federation’s Oct. 21-22 convention in Chicago.

Boehler will discuss aerial work platform risk assessment and product selection, and Paylor, now with SmartEquip, will examine how technology can assist companies in being more efficient, productive and profitable.

Also speaking will be Jim Maddux, director, OSHA Directorate of Construction. Maddux will discuss the need to address falls from height and OSHA’s fall protection campaign to raise awareness and give employers guidance on the need to address this hazard.

There will be a panel discussion on the subject of egress from an elevated AWP, and breakout sessions on AWPs and MCWPs. Ron Pilla from Valcourt will share his experience in training employees in a manner that they understand, and Teresa Kee from NES Rentals will outline the company’s experience of using eLearning to conduct AWP operator training.

The convention is sponsored by NES Rentals, Skyjack and JLG. It will take place at the Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites Hotel. IPAF has a special room rate of $129 per night. To get this rate, call (800) 468-3571 before Sept. 30. Early bird convention rates are available until Oct. 2.

NES Rentals is offering the AWPs for Managers training course on the afternoon of Oct. 22, immediately after the close of the convention. The course will be held at the NES offices next door to the convention hotel.

More details on the event are at

IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organization that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide.

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