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Shouting the house down

[ January 15, 2019   //   ]

Air Canada Cargo won this year’s Hactl’s Forklift Competition, while the Pallet Building award was carried off by Air China Cargo – but the prize for the noisiest supporters went to Japan Airlines, followed by IAG Cargo and Nippon Cargo Airlines.
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 – all against the clock.
But there is also a serious side to the event, as Hactl chief executive Wilson Kwong pointed out: “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.”