Improve tomorrow’s working world

Work safety | Even our youngest love fiddling and inventing: Four apprentices of the steelmaking industry sector within thyssenkrupp came up with great ideas that won them the first and second DASA Youth Award places.

Occupational safety is a top priority at thyssenkrupp. To raise the necessary awareness, young people at the company are familiarized with the topic even before they start regular work. Two apprentice teams from thyssenkrupp prove the message is getting across. Fatin Tonk (19) and Maximilian Zenker (18) from Duisburg are this year’s winners of the DASA Youth Award, while Darius Achenbach (19), Sascha Blume (19) and Burak Yildiz (21) from Kreuztal came second. The aim of the contest is to improve tomorrow’s working world in terms of health and safety. The winners receive cash or prizes and their projects are displayed at the DASA Working World Exhibition in Dortmund.

“We make sure our apprentices engage with the topic of occupational safety every day,” says Thomas Schlenz, CHRO of thyssenkrupp Steel Europe. “As this example shows, this can lead to smart new solutions and help further improve occupational safety.”

Making the workplace a little bit safer: Apprentices Maximilian Zenker (l.) and Fatin Tonk (r.) from ThyssenKrupp in Duisburg are the proud winners of the DASA Youth Award for Occupational Safety.

Making the workplace a little bit safer: Apprentices Maximilian Zenker (l.) and Fatin Tonk (r.) from ThyssenKrupp in Duisburg are the proud winners of the DASA Youth Award for Occupational Safety.

Safer delivery for really hot goods

“You have creative and innovative ideas on how to make the world a little bit safer,” ran the invitation to enter the DASA youth award competition. Their interest aroused, Fatin Tonk and Maximilian Zenker set about solving a problem at their workplace: the lighting of transport vehicles for hot steel slabs. “Sometimes the slab transporters moving about on the site are difficult to see when it’s dark or foggy,” explains Tonk. The difficulty is that the slabs are still extremely hot – 300 to 600 degrees. “The high temperatures rule out electric lighting, so we came up with a sign that shines during the night,” reports Zenker. “It stores light during the day and releases it during the night.” This is made possible by a special pigment coating, capable also of withstanding the radiant heat of the slabs. The enameled luminous position light is also suitable for other vehicles on the site, and other companies too have shown an interest in this smart solution. The invention was judged the best idea for improving occupational safety by the DASA youth award judging panel.

Like the apprentices from Duisburg, the second-placed team from Kreuztal chose a project from their direct working environment. The three apprentices focused their attention on the roller drives in a hot dip galvanizing line. To avoid accidents the motors are protected by cages. Darius Achenbach, Sascha Blume and Burak Yildiz designed lighter housings allowing the cages to be serviced and replaced by one person only:

The four young talents prove: fiddling is worthwhile!

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