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Finalists for the LEEA Awards 2019 announced

October 4, 2019  By Lifting Equipment Engineers Association

Oct. 4, 2019 – The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) announced the finalists for The LEEA Awards 2019. As the largest trade association in the Lifting Industry, LEEA wants to reward members who have done the most to raise standards. The shortlisted finalists are as follows:

Customer Service Award, sponsored by Certex, recognizes organizations that are leading the way in delivering exceptional service to customers in the Lifting Industry. The finalists are:

  • QISC (Qatar International Safety Centre) – Hashim Mohammed
  • Street CraneXpress – STEP
  • A Nobles & Sons – Industry First Customer Promise
  • TRE (Technical Royal Excellence Consultancy) – Customer Service Excellence

Innovative Product of the Year, sponsored by Industrial Training International (ITI), recognizes truly innovative products and services that contribute to improvement of the Lifting Equipment Industry. The finalists are:

  • Checkmate – Infinity Lanyard
  • Probst – Probst SH 2500 Greenline vacuum lifting device
  • A Nobles & Sons – Australian Defence Force Lightweight Recovery and Lifting Blocks
  • William Hackett Lifting Products – SS-L5 QP – specialist lever hoist
  • Dynamic Load Monitoring – DL-3.0 Data Logger
  • PEWAG Austria GmbH – Levo Clamp LC – vertical lifting clamp
  • Straightpoint UK– HHP App and Bluetooth product range
  • Liftal – Dynamic Test Device for motor-driven hoists and winches
  • IMES International – Bespoke design by James McEvoy

The Kevin Holmes Award has been developed to honour the memory of the late Kevin Holmes, previous chairman of LEEA’s Learning and Development Committee. This award recognizes excellence in developing people in the Lifting Equipment Industry. The finalists are:

  • Street CraneXpress
  • Ranger Lifting
  • GEO Taylor
  • Certex
  • LEEA – Apprenticeship Trailblazer
  • LEEA / Guy Harris of LHI magazine
  • Straightpoint
  • Carl Wright Training / MHI Vestas (NM)
  • Simples Lifting
  • Cookes NZ

The Safety Award, sponsored by Rigging Services, recognizes organizations that demonstrate products and/or services that provide innovative protection to people from the risk of injury. The finalists are:

  • Lloyds British a Speedy Business – Height Safety
  • Probst – Transmobil Carrier
  • Straightpoint – Know the Load
  • Briggs Defence – Mental Health
  • Tollmans – KPIs
  • Reflex Marine – Storm Work

Sustainable Solution of the Year, sponsored by Straightpoint, celebrates organizations committed to maintaining profitability while considering the impact on the environment. The finalists are:

  • Checkmate – CheckBack
  • Guy Harris of LHI magazine – Think Lifting
  • LEEA – Apprenticeship Trailblazer

The winners of the following awards will be announced at the Awards Dinner:

Manager of the Year recognizes the outstanding achievements of managers who are shaping the future of our industry.

Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Bridger Howes, is aimed at LEEA members who want to recognize the contribution and individual effort made by an apprentice in the academic year 2018/19.

The Unsung Hero Award, sponsored by LHI magazine, is aimed at LEEA members who want to recognize those individuals whose support, hard work, dedication and commitment often goes unnoticed.

All the winners will be announced and presented with their awards during the LiftEx 2019 Awards Dinner by guest speaker, TV presenter Rachel Riley.

“The LEEA Awards 2019 will be a memorable and prestigious event, helping the association to commemorate our 75th anniversary and celebrate the excellence of our members and the Lifting Industry,” said Ross Moloney, LEEA CEO. “The nominations clearly demonstrate the positive and innovative progress our industry is making. I congratulate all of the finalists in reaching this stage and wish them the best of luck for the big night on 13 November 2019, which will be a truly prestigious event to look forward to. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our award category sponsors in addition to the event’s gold sponsor Rope and Sling Specialists, silver sponsor Van Beest and badge & lanyard sponsor Jtagz Pty Ltd.”

The 2nd Annual LEEA Awards take place during LiftEx 2019 on the evening of Wednesday 13 November at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes.

For more information on attending the LEEA Awards 2019, contact Leah Phelps on +44 (0) 20 3488 2865 or email: or visit

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