serious transport incidents by 2017 (base year 2012)

Alongside ensuring site safety, another of the priorities in our safety management approach is the safe transportation of our products. We are constantly working on minimising the number of transport-related incidents. With this in mind, we have set ourselves a global target. By the end of 2017, we are aiming to halve the number of serious transport incidents per million kilometres travelled compared with 2012. In 2013, this key figure was cut further to 0.062 (2012: 0.075). This equals a goal attainment of 35 percent. In order to achieve our global target, we have defined a package of measures. These measures include:

  • revising local and global minimum standards for transport activities and integrating these into the Group's global standards database;
  • training employees and contractors in the revised standards;
  • implementing an audit programme in order to verify compliance with these standards;
  • installing safety-related technology such as in-vehicle camera recording equipment;
  • introducing the new “ActSafe” transport safety programme for drivers.

By the end of 2013, 75 transport auditors had been trained and 23 percent of our sites with transport operations had been audited. In South-East Asia alone, by the end of 2013, around 1,500 drivers at more than 60 different sites attended safety training designed to prevent accidents with motorcyclists.

In 2013, we decided to expand our global training programme in defensive driving, so that as well as reaching truck drivers it will also be available to drivers of smaller motor vehicles, such as company cars.

Meanwhile, in China, we have installed new on-board computers in around 200 trucks in our fleet since 2012. These play a part in investigating the causes of accidents and ensuring that drivers comply with working time limits. The data gathered in this way helps us to improve our transport safety measures even further.

We also involve transport contractors in our transport safety initiatives. For example, drivers from contractors commissioned by Linde take part in our driver training sessions. Since 2007, uniform safety rules have been in place which must be observed by all suppliers when providing transport services for Linde. This requirement has also been incorporated as a criterion into the Group's purchasing contracts, which is effective in 83 countries.