Finalists for the LEEA Awards 2019 Announced

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) is proud to announce 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 high volume and quantity of entries for this year’s awards gave the independent panel of industry experts judging the entries a real challenge. The shortlisted finalists are as follows: 

The Customer Service Award, sponsored by Certex, recognises organisations 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), recognises 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 recognises excellence in developing people in the Lifting Equipment Industry. The finalists are:

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

The Safety Award, sponsored by Rigging Services, recognises organisations 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 organisations 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 recognises 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 recognise 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 recognise 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.

Ross Moloney, LEEA CEO, said: “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. 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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