Snapshot case studies

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coordinated prevention initiative, Spain

2.4. Snapshot case studies


Safety adviser service, Denmark

Organisation(s): The Danish Transport and Logistics Association (DTL)


Danish law requires that all transport companies involved in the handling of hazardous materials must comply with a range of procedures that involve extensive and complex documentation. The law also requires that each company designate a specific person, with relevant qualifications, to the role of safety advisor. Compliance with these protocols and requirements makes heavy demands in terms of expertise and resources, and these are not always present in transport companies, especially smaller and medium-sized ones. The employer association DTL addresses this problem directly by providing support to its members, allowing them to manage the safety protocols and procedures that apply to the material they are transporting.

Key elements

 Employer association.

 Full-time team of safety experts providing advice and support to companies that do not have the resources to employ a safety specialist.

 Supports small and medium-sized companies in face of increasing demands to document safe practice.

 Ensures that the protective measures which the law seeks to address are actually implemented in the interests of driver safety.


Leading road safety in express deliveries, France

Organisation: TNT Express France Aims

 Improve awareness of road safety at all levels of the company

 Reduce the number of accidents

 Reduce the severity of accidents involving bodily injury

 Make drivers with several accidents on record aware of their possible responsibility.

Key elements

The focus is on collective action, seeking to imbue road safety instincts at all levels of management in order to ensure that all employees are involved in implementing the process.

The social policy of the company includes respect for diversity and gender as well as political commitment to risk prevention.

TNT Express France was a signatory to the 2009–2012 Road Safety Charter in September 2009, alongside 19 other major companies and professional federations of the Rhône region. This charter was drawn up following the recommendations of the Club

Entreprises Rhône, sponsored by the Préfecture of the Rhône region, whose objective is to promote road safety within member companies by means of action to reduce accidents in professional life.

The company’s Health-Safety-Environment department (HSE) maintains constant contact with the administration department. It operates through a team that ensures accident prevention within the regions, incorporating an expert in the area of hazardous materials transportation.

The OSH policy includes company commitments, objectives and targets. The management system aims at coordinating the actions of all actors in the company OHS process. Occupational risks are analysed on each site at regular intervals, then guidance is provided for local prevention actions and to supplement nationwide accident prevention events. All information concerning HSE subjects is discussed during management and departmental meetings and in working group meetings held with the social partners.

A road safety working group, involving several departments in the company, reviews TNT’s results in the area of traffic accidents, analyses the accidents, identifies their causes and develops plans for improvement.

The Good Driving Itinerary is a five-year training plan for all TNT drivers. It combines classroom training on road risks, driving manoeuvres and environmentally conscious driving, with road practice, incorporating simulated driving tests and a road training course. A preventive and remedial method is used to identify and assist employees with multiple accidents on their records to give them the assistance they need to improve. The training is also open to other employees on a voluntary basis.

Other actions:

 Vehicles equipped with safety features such as backing radar. The preventive maintenance covers regular checks of all vehicles.

 An annual road challenge for drivers and managers on the theme of driving, road safety and controlling the consumption of fuels.

 A trip policy that seeks to limit and/or optimise road trips, featuring videoconferences, etc.

 Road risk software: All losses are analysed and saved in a specific software programme.

 Monitoring of frequency and breakdown of accidents by typology.

 Follow-up of risk and driver profiles.

 Incorporating road risk in the evaluation of professional risks, such as analysis of route, transit times and assignments, and organising work time.

Between 2001 and 2008 the risk of bodily harm to employees over the course of their careers fell by 25%.

Further Information

Mme Sophie Sellidj TNT Express France 58 avenue Leclerc, 69007 LYON, France Email:


Ergonomically correct seatbelt adjustment, Germany

Organisation(s): Berufsgenossenschaft für Fahrzeughaltungen (BGF)


To increase the number of heavy goods drivers using seatbelts by designing a variable seatbelt adjustment that corresponds to individual demands.

Key elements

The following problems were revealed:

 Conventional commercial vehicle seats do not allow for seatbelt adjustment.

 A high number of drivers do not use the seatbelt because of comfort reasons.

 The danger of fatal accidents is increased when driving without the seatbelt.

o The BGF – together with the Verkehrsakademie (Traffic Academy) – conducted

a survey among drivers of commercial vehicles. With the help of an extensive questionnaire and a prototype seat with a scaled adjustment, the ideal seatbelt position of each driver was determined and recorded.

o The Isringhausen seat manufacturing company used the results of the BGF

survey to design and produce a new generation of commercial vehicle comfort seats that were presented at the International Commercial Vehicle Fair in Germany.

o The BGF informs drivers about the dangers of driving without a seatbelt and the

heightened personal protection and comfort provided by the newly designed seats.


Innovative rest area for heavy goods drivers, Germany

Organisation(s): Lübecker Hafengesellschaft (LHG) (the Lübeck Port Company) Aim

To provide heavy goods drivers with a comfortable area for both relaxation and exercise.

Key elements

 Rest area has an informal design and is comfortably furnished.

 Drivers are able to keep an eye on their vehicles with the help of video surveillance.

 Snacks and drinks are served.

 A film is shown demonstrating suitable exercises that drivers can do to both work and relax their muscles, to make up for the long time behind the steering wheel in static postures.

 After the fitness exercise the drivers can use the showers provided.


Mr Nobody (Der kleine Niemand), Germany


Development of an automatic spoken alert, triggered when the truck door is opened, to remind the driver to be careful while climbing down.

Key elements

 Stepping in and out of the truck can be hazardous. Some drivers do not use the steps, but jump directly out of the cab to the ground. This can cause painful injuries that result in high costs to the employer and loss of earnings for the employee.

 A director of logistics company Rheinkraft International’s vehicle park created ‘der kleine Niemand’ (‘Mr Nobody’), an electronic language storage medium, coupled with a random number generator, which generates a spoken warning automatically as the truck door is opened.

 The device consists of different warning references and prevents slips, trips and falls from the truck.

 The device costs just EUR130 including installation per vehicle.

 ‘Mr Nobody’ won a best practice award in 2005.

Further information Stefan Grosse Rheinkraft International Beecker Straße 11 47116 Duisburg Web: 2005/der-kleine-niemand


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