Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) organised the fifth International Forklift and Pallet Building Competition in SuperTerminal 1 at Hong Kong International Airport on 9 January 2011, attracting seven international airlines to Hong Kong to showcase their best practices in forklift driving and pallet building. The event has successfully promoted occupational health and safety as well as elevated professional cargo handling standards among industry partners.
The opening ceremony was officiated by Mr Yau Shing Mu, JP, Under Secretary for Transport and Housing; Mr Li Chi Leung, Chief Occupational Safety Officer of Labour Department and Mr Jason Wong, Senior Consultant of Occupational Safety and Health Council as officiating guests to kick off the competition and convey the important message of work health and safety.
Seven participating airlines, namely Air China Cargo, British Airways World Cargo, Cargolux Airlines (represented by LuxairCARGO), EVA Air, Japan Airlines, KLM Cargo and Nippon Cargo Airlines, sent their professional representatives from their home bases around the world to Hong Kong to compete for 11 titles recognising outstanding performance in safety awareness and operational skills. Winners were judged by a credible panel of judges formed by various industry associations including Cargo Liaison Group, HAFFA and Occupational Safety and Health Council. Hactl also deployed its team to join the competition.
All competing teams strived hard to demonstrate their forklift operation and pallet building skills, showing their compliance and consciousness on operational safety. After exciting rounds of competition, Air China Cargo became the clear winner by clinching three award titles – the overall champion, champion under the “Pallet Building” category and second-runner-up under the “Forklift” category.
Mr Mark Whitehead, Managing Director of Hactl, said, “We are pleased to organise the event for the fifth time to showcase the best industry practices while having the chance to meet our industry partners from around the world. The event spreads the message of occupational safety to the whole air cargo community and that is why we organise this meaningful annual event for all industry players. This year, we received overwhelming responses and we will evaluate the possibility of including more industry players joining this international event next time. While congratulating all the winning teams, I would also like to express my gratitude to all sponsors, participants, our industry partners, all the judges and the Hactl Organising Team for their support rendered in the activity.”