Forklift Driver Klaus – The First Day on the Job

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Forklift Driver Klaus – The First Day on the Job
Konstantin Graudus as Klaus
Directed by Stefan Prehn
Jörg Wagner
Produced by Michael Sombetzki
Written by Jörg Wagner
Stefan Prehn
Narrated by Egon Hoegen
Cinematography Matthias Lehmann
Edited by Andrea Stabenow
Release date
  • 2000 (2000)
Running time
9 min
Country Germany
Language German
Budget €90,000

Forklift Driver Klaus – The First Day on the Job (in German Staplerfahrer Klaus – Der erste Arbeitstag) is a German short film from 2000 about the first day of Klaus' work as a forklift driver. The film is a parody of work safety films from the 1980s.

The film was written and directed by Stefan Prehn and Jörg Wagner. Konstantin Graudus plays the role of Klaus, and Egon Hoegen is the narrator. It adds to the air of authenticity that the narrator's voice is well known from road safety films, such as "Der 7. Sinn".[1]

The film quickly became famous, much thanks to its splatter film violence, which fans regard as comical due to its extreme and obviously fake nature.[2] The film received several awards and was made available on DVD by Anolis Entertainment in 2003, dubbed in English, French and Spanish.


The film is presented as a safety instruction video for forklift truck drivers and shows the first day of work for newly qualified forklift truck driver Klaus. The film highlights, in a gory manner, the dangers of unsafe operation of machinery. As the film progresses the injuries/deaths become more brutal, beginning with things like a man falling from the fork lift after he was lifted improperly, and closing with the most violent: ending in a stray chainsaw being driven around by a severed arm on the floor, reaching and ripping through a man who had already been cut in half waist-down due to Klaus' previous accident. A gory POV shot of the chainsaw chopping through the man is shown. The film ends as Klaus is decapitated by the chainsaw and two men are left impaled onto the forklift prongs, screaming. The forklift drives off into the sunset as the impaled men continue to scream with the chainsaw racing after them. End theme "Happyland" was written by French composer Laurent Lombard.


Although the film is not officially part of the German training and education system for forklift trucks, it is frequently shown by instructors to lighten the mood.[3]


The film has won many awards, including:

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Der 7. Sinn on Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ as in the first blood splatter scene in the video:
  3. ^ "Ausbildung zum Gabelstaplerfahrer". Gesellschaft für berufliche Bildung. Archived from the original on February 18, 2015.