It’s not easy being a forklift operator in a busy manufacturing facility with people and parts continuously on the move. Not to mention what Carlex, a glass maker supplying the automotive industry, called a “working environment with a high level of noise and high temperature”.
A Carlex employee is seen during a forklift operator training simulation at the company’s facility in Grevenmacher, 5 September 2019. Photo: Carlex
The outfit organised an “awareness day” at its Luxembourg plant last week that aimed “to raise the awareness of Carlex employees who are not fork lift drivers”, according to a press announcement issued on 5 September.
The company said it wanted to make staff members “aware of how dangerous it can be” to encourage a “change of pedestrian behaviour”. The event let employees undergo some of the same training that the firm’s forklift operators take.
Carlex claimed that its safety training initiatives have already yielded results, stating:
“… we improved our fork lift driver training programme in 2017. This reduced incidents involving fork lifts by half between 2016 and 2018. We established a dedicated training area for fork lift drivers and improved training directly in the work place under actual conditions and the follow-up of newly hired drivers.”
The company and its parent Central Glass have 10 plants in Asia, Europe and the US. Its site in Luxembourg supplies carmakers such as BMW, Lamborghini, PSA and VW.