Safety in the Transport Sector

Publication: Research - peer-reviewConference abstract in proceedings – Annual report year: 2012

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In EU the transport sector has an incident rate of accidents at work at 40 pr 1000 employees. The Danish insurance company CODAN has insured a big part of this sector concerning transport of gods on shore. The purpose of the project is to document the safety problems in the sector and to develop a strategy for a preventive intervention in transport enterprises. The results will in the end be included in a new strategy for the insurance company and the transport sectores organization towards a better safety performance. The safety problems for the employees are the activities carried out by loading, unloading or work with transport equipment carried out at many different work places. The main safety problems are falls, heavy lifting, poor ergonomic working conditions, hits or collisions with gods, equipments or falling objects, the traffic risk situations, work with animals and finally the risk of violence and robbery. The transport branch is characterized by many small enterprises of which 97% of the enterprises in Denmark have less than 50 employees and 89% have less than 10 employees. The intervention in 5 small enterprises show a relevant focus on both the risk for occupational accidents but also the risk of accidents that have consequences for the cars and the deliveries to customers. A calculation of the internal costs of compensation of all damages and injuries shows an amount that covers 20–100% of the enterprises profit for a year. The intervention in the enterprises is a simplification of safety management methods but adjusted into a new focus and awareness for the managers of small enterprises. What really matters is to teach the managers to manage and focus on both safety and quality connected with time schedules and costs
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBook of abstracts
PublisherCentral Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute
Publication date2012
StatePublished - 2012
Event6th International Conference Towards Safety Through Advanced Solutions - Sopot, Poland


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