Hactl competition focuses on safety again

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The VIP guests open the proceedings (L to R): Dr Winson Yeung (Principal Consultant, Occupational Safety and Health Council), Hactl Chief Executive Wilson Kwong, Dr Raymond So Wai-man BBS JP (Acting Secretary for Transport and Housing), Mr Chan Ka-lai (Chief Occupational Safety Officer, Labour Department), and Hactl Finance Director Amy Lam

Hactl’s renowned International Forklift and Pallet Building Competition has once again taken place at the company’s massive SuperTeminal 1 facility in Hong Kong. It was the twelfth year of the contest, which is a key element of Hactl’s ongoing Safety at Work programme.

Nine teams took part in this year’s competition: Air Canada Cargo, Air France Cargo, IAG Cargo, Air China Cargo, Cargolux, Japan Airlines, KLM, Nippon Cargo Airlines and Qatar Airways. Contestants travelled from around the world.

Competing teams were judged on their ability to manoeuvre a loaded forklift truck through a complicated, simulated warehouse course, delivering cargo to team members who then had to load as many items as possible, in compliance with ICAO and IATA international standards relating to dangerous goods, heavy cargo and overall build integrity. All tasks were performed against the clock.

The Forklift Competition was judged by Steve Hu (Occupational Safety and Health Council), and eight other expert judges. Winners were Air Canada Cargo, while second place went to Japan Airlines, third place to Nippon Cargo Airlines and fourth place to IAG Cargo.

The Pallet Building contest was judged by Bob Rogers (ULD Care), and two industry experts. Winners were Air China Cargo, while second place went to Air France Cargo, third place to Qatar Airways and fourth place to KLM.

The four overall best performing teams – Japan Airlines (Overall Champion), Nippon Cargo Airlines (Overall 1st Runner-up), Air Canada Cargo (Overall 2nd Runner-up) and KLM (Overall 3rd Runner-up) – also received awards. The Forklift Driving Safety Award was won by Air Canada Cargo. The awards presentations were made by guests of honour Dr. Raymond So Wai-man BBS JP (Acting Secretary for Transport and Housing), Mr. Chan Ka-lai (Chief Occupational Safety Officer, Labour Department), Dr. Winson Yeung (Principal Consultant, Occupational Safety and Health Council), together with Hactl Chief Executive Wilson Kwong.

In keeping with the customary fun spirit of the competition, an award was also given to the loudest cheering supporter teams ; winners were Japan Airlines with IAG Cargo and Nippon Cargo Airlines taking second and third places. The competition was followed by a stunning, award-winning Chinese drumming performance, awards presentations and lunch for all participants.

Says Hactl Chief Executive Wilson Kwong: “We were delighted to host this unique competition once again, and to welcome so many customers and friends to Hong Kong. We congratulate all the winners, and thank all those whose participation and support made the event possible.

“Mixing machinery and people in a time-constrained environment like air cargo handling always introduces risk. Hactl’s annual competition puts a light-hearted, friendly and competitive face on a serious message: that safety in the air cargo workplace is paramount. Honing forklift driving skills is a key aspect of this, and was clearly evidenced by the excellent performance of the competitors this year.

“In line with Hactl’s long-standing policy of industry leadership and best practice, we are committed to protecting our own workers, and hope that our competition will once again help to focus industry attention on this vitally important topic.”