Our global safety management also covers the transportation of products. We have set ourselves the target of minimising the number of transport incidents. In 2016, our Executive Board specified this target. Incidents previously classified as non-preventable are included in the new target. By the end of 2020, we want to reduce the number of serious transport incidents per one million kilometres travelled by 20 percent in comparison with the year 2015. In 2016, we were able to reduce the frequency of serious transport incidents based on this expanded definition by around 9 percent.



serious transport incidents per 1 million kilometres travelled by 2020 (base year 2015)


  • Training of in-house incident investigators and
    transport auditors
  • Training courses on defensive driving techniques
  • Investments in transport safety technology



serious transport incidents per 1 million kilometres travelled

During the reporting year, we continued to train more than 70 employees worldwide as in-house incident investigators and 13 employees as transport auditors. The aim is to conduct incident investigations and transport audits consistently throughout the company, in order to obtain information vital to the improvement of transport safety. This will enable us to learn from root causes and reduce similar risks in future. We are planning to provide more training courses in 2017 in, for example, the UK and South Africa.

In addition, we continued to deliver driver theory and practical training courses. These included information on defensive driving techniques and on how to recognise and avoid situations that could result in a commercial vehicle rollover. These courses are mandatory at least once every three years for our drivers and our contractors’ drivers. Moreover, we have invested in transport safety technology. One example of this is that from 2016 onwards, we have decided that in Europe and the United States we will only purchase new vehicles which have integrated emergency brake systems.

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In line with the information in the Financial Report 2016, the figures provided for the years 2015 and 2016 exclude the business of the logistics service provider Gist, as it has been reported as a discontinued operation.


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 2016, a Linde Deliver Team Day took place in ten countries in South East Asia at the same time. The purpose of this day was to develop a common understanding that successful accident prevention requires cooperation from all those involved. The day included a number of transport safety activities and was aimed at Linde drivers and drivers working for our transport service providers, and mechanics, as well as their families. Altogether the campaign reached teams and their families at around 50 locations.

Once again in 2016, we were recognised for our efforts in the area of transport safety, receiving awards in various regions. In Sri Lanka, our subsidiary Ceylon Oxygen was presented with the National Occupational Safety & Health Excellence Award 2016 in the transport safety category. During the reporting year, Linde Gas Austria received the Road Safety Award from the European Industrial Gases Association for the second time. This safety prize is an award for the lowest accident rate in the cylinder transport category for between 500,000 and 2 million kilometres travelled per annum.