Release Date: 01 January 2007
Release ID: 1081
Industry professionals from around the world demonstrated their skills in safe forklift truck operations and pallet building at the International Forklift and Pallet Building Competition 2006 held yesterday at Hactl's SuperTerminal 1.
Organised by Hactl, and co-organised by the Airport Authority Hong Kong, the International Forklift and Pallet Building Competition 2006 was held with the objective of encouraging industry partners to adopt best practices in the areas of safe forklift operations as well as pallet build-up. Four international airlines, namely Air China, British Airways, Japan Airlines, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines respectively sent a team from its home base to Hong Kong to participate in the competition. Local teams from Hactl as well as Multi Express (H.K.) Limited, who was the overall winner of Hactl’s Build Pallet Competition 2006 this August, also contested for the championship in the event.
Constituting part of Hactl's 30th anniversary celebration, yesterday's competition saw Japan Airlines winning the "Pallet Building" category, while KLM Royal Dutch Airlines won the “Safety Award” under the "Forklift Operation" category. Hactl took the winner title of the "Forklift Operation" category as well as the overall championship.
“With the concerted efforts of all relevant stakeholders, the safety performance of the industry has remained generally good in the past. This industry competition is a very meaningful event which helps foster a safety culture of the trade and strengthen the safety awareness of both the employers and employees,” said Mr. Pang Kwok-lam, Chief Occupational Safety Officer, Labour Department in the opening ceremony of the event.
“We hope to see a continual improvement in the skill and attitude of the fork-lift truck operators in Hong Kong. This competition is a very good opportunity for us to learn the skills in safe forklift truck operations from each other,” said Mr. Tang Wah-shing, Executive Director, Occupational Safety & Health Council.
Mr. Anthony Wong, Managing Director of Hactl said, "We are pleased to collaborate with the Airport Authority Hong Kong in organising the International Forklift and Pallet Building Competition 2006. Being one of the major players in the air cargo industry, Hactl has taken upon ourselves the responsibility to continuously enhance professional standards. The event provides a chance for us and for our industry partners from around the world to learn from each other operational skills and safety practices through friendly competition, thereby promoting industry best practices in the spirit of partnership. While congratulating all the winning teams, I would also like to express my gratitude to all sponsors, participants, our industry partners and all the judges for their support rendered in the event."
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