The 2013 EuroTra Safety Award has been won by Skanol A/S, based in Aarhus, Denmark. The top prize was awarded to the organisation for their structured programme of driver selection and training specific to tanker transport.
Skanol has developed its driver selection and education programme over the past three years, which has included careful and documented selection and testing of potential drivers when hiring; comprehensive and individual initial training programme for new drivers; and effective and dynamic incident reporting system involving drivers. All of which has improved their performance in road safety and environmental impact in terms of a significant reduction in the number of incidents and near-misses.
The award was managed by Dekra GbmH based in Stuttgart, Germany and sponsored by Volvo Truck Corporation of Sweden.
James Tillyer of FTA’s Consultancy team and President of EuroTra, said:
"I’m delighted that the award judges recognised the tremendous effort made by Skanol to improve the safety culture within its driver workforce and the industry in a wider context. While many companies will deliver driver training that’s reactive to their needs, Skanol started from scratch and built up a system based on prevention, and through close working with a number of key stakeholders and the drivers themselves, they made sure the programme would stand the test of time and improve the safety culture over the longer term."
The EuroTra Safety Award was created to recognise the efforts of individuals, organisations or companies who have made efforts to improve road safety for the European road transport and logistics industry.
Mr Tillyer added:
"Skanol can demonstrate significant results in terms of fewer accidents and incidents resulting in lower insurance costs."
Thomas Corneliussen, CEO of Skanol A/S commented:
"Skanol is very proud to be awarded with the EuroTra Safety Award 2013.We feel that this is an important recognition of our employees for the efforts they have made in recent years where we have had a very intensive focus on preventive safety."