We have received the sad news that crane and access industry veteran and safety consultant Tim Watson passed away on Friday, following a long battle with Cancer. He would have been 70 in May.
Watson is probably best known as a safety consultant that worked for many years with both the International Powered Access Federation – IPAF – and the UK crane and heavy equipment rental association the CPA. He was responsible for drawing up numerous Best Practice Guides for the two organisations and well as working in cooperation with the Health & Safety Executive and sitting on European CEN standards setting committees and working with the UK’s Strategic Forum for Construction.
He worked for many years with EPL (Elstree Plant Ltd) the crane and access rental division of UK contractor John Laing – later Laing O’Rourke. Joining the PAC division of IPAF after the original John Laing was split up. He remained with the PAC business after it was acquired by Paul Adorian in 2004. He and Adorian had worked together in the early days of EPL along with Niftylift founder Roger Bowden. EPL was a pioneer in the truck mounted lift rental business and became the first JLG dealer in the UK in the mid 1970s.
Tim Watson was a gentle yet highly professional and consistent individual, combining a rare blend of practical knowledge and common sense with the understanding of the requirements for good quality standards and regulation. He was always ready to both listen to and take on board alternative views on a technical point, and at the same time highlight an aspect of your argument that you had completely missed, all in a very polite, gentle and yet firm manner. This rare combination made him highly effective when working on regulatory committees, able to bring together those with opposing views on a technical point through his logical and calm manner. He leaves behind his wife Judy.
We will update and add to this tribute later this week.