2017 AIMS International Safety Award

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Vekoma Rides is very proud to share the press release from AIMS International Har Kupers, C.O.O. of Vekoma Rides received the 2017 AIMS International Safety Award. Har was awarded for what he loves to do! Safety is our first priority!

Har Kupers receives the 2017 AIMS International Safety Award

BRISTOL, CT - Vekoma Rides’, Har Kupers was presented with the 2017 AIMS International Safety award during the Golden Ticket Awards held Saturday, September 9, at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut. The Award, presented to Har by AIMS International board member, Jim Seay, and AIMS Executive Director, Karen Oertley, recognizes a person or organization that has made a significant impact or contribution in improving safety in the amusement industry by demonstrating leadership, innovation, and foresight.
In presenting the award, Karen Oertley remarked, “As we all know, safety is of utmost importance to the vitality of the amusement industry. We received many nominations for individuals deserving of this important award and are thrilled so many individuals are dedicated to improving safety for both guests and employees. The AIMS board of directors has selected one of the industry’s finest to receive the 2017 AIMS International Safety Award.”
Jim Seay commented, “Har is well known to the amusement industry for his thousands of hours work in development and support of EN, ISO, and ASTM Safety Standards. He was instrumental in bringing the ASTM International standards development work into the EN Task Group harmonization effort and has worked for almost twenty years on an international amusement design standard as an contributor, facilitator and ambassador between EN, ISO and ASTM International.”
“Har is also renowned for his amusement ride design and engineering expertise and is one of the foremost authorities on ride dynamics and guest safety. In addition to standards development, Har's long support and dedication to AIMS International has been influential in promoting global safety training, and certification.
In accepting the award, Har Kupers said that he felt very honored to receive this award from AIMS, a very important organization promoting safety in our industry. He expressed his gratitude to Vekoma and its owner Henk Roodenburg for giving him the opportunity to do this work, both inside and outside his job. He also mentioned that he is very proud to be the second in line, after Harold Hudson, to receive this prestigious award. Har further thanked all the individuals and organizations in the industry that support the work to improve amusement industry safety worldwide.
About The AIMS International Safety Award
Created in 2016, The AIMS International Safety Award is presented annually to the individual or organization that demonstrates leadership, innovation, and foresight in improving safety in the amusement industry. With safety as the industry’s #1 concern for amusement industry guests and employees worldwide, efforts in improving safety are shown in many forms: the design and implementation of new products and technology, the development of safety education programs and training, and by exemplary leadership in influencing others. The 2016 AIMS Safety Award was presented to Harold Hudson.
Nominations for the AIMS Safety Award are submitted by individuals within the amusement industry and the winner is selected by a vote of AIMS International’s board of directors. The award is presented annually during the Golden Ticket Awards.
About AIMS International
AIMS International is a non-profit 501(c)(6) association dedicated to improving amusement Industry safety through leadership in education. AIMS International provides training classes and certification (CEU) programs for ride inspectors, operations, aquatics and maintenance personnel through its annual Safety Seminar and at other venues throughout the year. The 2018 AIMS Safety Seminar will be held in Galveston, Texas, January 7-12, 2018.
AIMS also serves to inform its members on legislative and other issues relating to the amusement industry and presents an Annual Safety Award recognizing a person or organization that has made a significant impact or contribution in improving safety in the amusement industry.
For more information about this release, please contact:
Karen Oertley Executive Director AIMS International
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