Our safety management also covers the transportation of products. We work constantly on reducing the number of transport-related incidents. In 2015, as part of our global safety initiative, we reviewed our performance indicators and targets. Until now, our target has been to halve the number of preventable serious transport incidents per million kilometres travelled by the end of 2017 compared with 2012. In future, incidents previously classified as non-preventable will be included in a new five-year target yet to be defined. The Group is planning to communicate the new target in the 2016 Financial Report at the latest. According to the new definition, Linde has been able to reduce the frequency of all serious transport incidents per million kilometres travelled since 2012 by around 16 percent.


reduce the number of serious transport incidents

Measures taken

  • Defensive driving training for drivers of trucks, passenger cars and light commercial vehicles
  • Training provided on the fitting and use of vehicle mirrors
  • Training courses for internal incident investigators
  • Camera systems fitted to a quarter of our commercial vehicle fleet


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serious transport incidents per million kilometers travelled since 2012

To improve transport safety, we have defined a number of different measures. We regularly review local and global minimum standards for vehicle activities and integrate them into our global standard database. In 2015, our safety standards were enhanced, for example, to reduce risks arising from in-vehicle distractions. We also provided training during the reporting year to support the global directive on the fitting and use of vehicle mirrors within our commercial vehicle fleet. This initiative aims to reduce the risks from blind spots around vehicles. Drivers employed by our transport service providers also participate in our regular education programmes on transport standards. Since 2007, uniform safety and operational standards have applied throughout the Group to drivers working for our transport service providers. Compliance with these standards is a condition set out in the purchase agreements made with these contractors.

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Severe traffic incidents, e.g. with serious effects on the health of the employees involved or with reportable emissions to the environment, as well as transport incidents leading to material costs above a defined threshold. The performance indicator was redefined in 2015. The new definition includes not only preventable transport incidents but also incidents previously classified as non-preventable. The figure has been recalculated for previous years.

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In 2015, we also expanded our defensive driving training programme beyond heavy goods vehicle drivers, making it compulsory for drivers of all vehicle types. Over the past three years, we have provided training to more than 15,000 passenger car and light vehicle drivers worldwide.

In order to obtain information vital to the improvement of transport safety, we launched courses during the reporting year designed to improve the skills of our internal incident investigators in several countries, including some in Asia. The aim is to conduct incident investigations consistently throughout the Group. We are planning to extend the course to North and South America in 2016. Linde is also investing in technology which will provide information that will help determine the causes of incidents. By the end of 2015, we had fitted on-board camera systems to a quarter of our global commercial fleet to record incidents. The proportion of the fleet fitted with such systems is expected to increase in 2016. Once again, we recognised many drivers in various regions in 2015 for their personal commitment to safety and their incident-free records.