Our trucks and those of our transport service providers cover around 900 million kilometres on the roads every year. For this reason, safety during the transportation of our products is a key issue and an integral part of our global safety management. We have set ourselves the target of minimising the number of transport incidents. By the end of 2020, we want to reduce the number of serious transport incidents per million kilometres travelled by 20 percent in comparison with the year 2015. In 2017, we were able to reduce the frequency of serious transport incidents by around 5 percent compared with the base year 2015. This slower rate of reduction in 2017, when compared with a reduction of 10 percent in 2016, was due to a significant increase in transport incidents in one business region which had achieved particularly good results in this area in 2016.

To continue to reduce the number of preventable serious transport incidents, we conducted, for example, a pilot project in Asia in 2017, where we tested technologies which are able to recognise when a driver is about to nod off at the wheel or things which might distract the driver and help to initiate appropriate countermeasures, such as alarm signals during the journey or additional safety training.

Global target


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

In 2017, we trained another 37 employees as in-house incident investigators and transport auditors. The aim is to conduct incident investigations and transport audits consistently throughout the Group, in order to obtain information vital to the improvement of transport safety, learn from root causes and reduce similar risks in future. We will continue to deliver these training programmes in 2018.

In the course of 2017, we also continued to provide our drivers with training relating to safety and handling hazardous situations. Of the training courses, 15 are mandatory for all drivers, irrespective of whether they are Linde drivers or drivers working for our transport service providers, and must be repeated at varying intervals. The courses include information on defensive driving techniques and on how to recognise and avoid situations that could result in a commercial vehicle rollover.

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In line with the information in the Financial Report 2017, the figures provided for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 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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