Safety Risk Management for Freight Fleets

Reference number 2013-04633
Coordinator Volvo Technology AB - Avd 6620, Advanced Technology & Research
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 394 000
Project duration December 2013 - November 2015
Status Completed
Venture Traffic safety and automated vehicles -FFI
Call 2013-01867-en

Purpose and goal

The aim of the project is to increase knowledge and develop methods to improve safety at transport companies by improving the safety climate. The model focused on organisational changes and was tested and evaluated in a case study at a Gothenburg branch of Postnord in Sweden.

Results and expected effects

A way of working to improve the safety climate at transport companies was developed and tested with Postnord. During the one year of testing a change process started at the studied branch of Postnord, but it did not lead to measurable improvements (safety climate survey and number of accidents). A key-factor to implement new ways of working is time, one year was probably too short a time to measure any significant changes. Other findings which are crucial for improved safety climate are the management´s commitment, to anchor changes in the whole organisation, and efficient communication.

Approach and implementation

The project method is close to that which is called action research. Action research focuses on inclusion of stakeholders in the research process and the measurement and evaluation of action taken by the participants. Project participants at Volvo, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute and Postnord have been collaborating actively during the case study to develop and evaluate the safety model.

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