Australia’s Elevating Work Platform Association (the EWPA) has appointed Andrew Delahunt as director of resources - safety, technical & training.
In his new role he will take responsibility of the production of the association’s safety, technical and training resources, and programmes such as the EWPA Operator Training Programme, ‘Yellow Card’ and Supervisor Course. With the task of keeping the training programmes current, managing the online resources available to members and non members, as well as being as a key representative for the association working with members, regulators, contractors and other interested parties.
The appointment follows Delahunt’s move back to Australia following his departure from IPAF at the start of the year, having been director of technical & safety since 2017. He joined the federation from Haulotte, where he had been global homologation & safety and manager since moving to France in 2015.
He began his career in 2000 as an applications engineer with Kenworth trucks Australia, moving to Volgren Australia in 2006 as a design engineer. He joined Haulotte Australia in 2011 as product safety manager for Asia, transferring to the company’s headquarters in France six years later.
He has been, and continues to be, involved on a number of national and international standards committees.
EWPA chief executive James Oxenham said: “We are delighted to announce Andrew’s appointment for this specialist role. The EWPA is a leader when it comes to safety within the powered access industry, and it was crucial to appointment the right person to ensure members have access to the safety, technical and training information they require, as well as ensure members have a voice when it comes to the review and drafting of safety standards in Australia and globally.”
Delahunt added: “Having visited 16 countries in two years promoting the safe use of aerial work platforms, I am thrilled to be back in Australia. In my view the local Australian industry leads the way with its commitment to safety, and the EWPA plays a vital role. I am excited to have joined the association and to work with the wider access industry in Australia to continue to promote the industry and encourage best practice and safety.”
This looks like an excellent move for the EWPA - which is one of the leading aerial work platform associations - in terms of its services to members, involvement with local standards and regulation and most of all training. Delahunt’s global experience is likely to be a real asset to the organisation.