At European Aluminium’s Safety Workshop, held in Brussels, the aluminium industry honoured innovative solutions for safe manufacturing. The 2015 Safety Solutions Competition received a record number of 46 applicants (see all entries here). Expert attendees judged the following to be amongst the best and most innovative safety solutions:
- 1st prize: Real Alloy Germany (Aluminium Recycling): The use of a LED spot to warn employees when a crane is in operation. Read more here.
- 2nd prize: Intals S.p.A. Italy (Aluminium Refinery): The installation in vehicles of a radar system for detection of personnel in the action area of the vehicle. Read more here.
- 3rd prize: Sapa Profiles Sweden (Aluminium Extrusion): New type of hook to ensure a safe lift of die to a safe lift. Read more here.
Gerd Götz, Director General of European Aluminium, commented: “Today’s safety solutions prove that the aluminium industry is leading the way in safe manufacturing. Underpinned by creative thinking and the use of innovative technologies, our solutions are applicable to many other manufacturing industries.
Very often the most effective safety measures are easy to implement. All three front runners are perfect examples for our inventive, safety-conscious and forward-looking industry. This award is particularly valuable as the winners are selected anonymously by a group of peers.
As an industry, we have already achieved a 79% reduction in incidents since 1997, and have set ourselves a reduction target of another 50% by 2025 in our new Sustainability Roadmap. Employee safety remains a top priority of the sector, with thousands of tonnes of aluminium melted and cast safely everyday” Mr. Götz added.