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Messer signs the European Road Safety Charter

06-27-2008 02:14 PM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

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Messer will launch a campaign for road safety for more than 50 European locations in over 30 countries in which it will enhance the training for tanker drivers.

Messer will launch a campaign for road safety for more than 50 European locations in over 30 countries in which it will enhance the training for tanker drivers.

Messer, the industrial gas specialist has undertaken to implement measures which are designed to reduce the number of deaths caused by accidents in Europe.
Since June the Messer Group has been a member of the action group for the European Road Safety Charter. In signing this European Charter, the largest owner-managed industrial gas specialist has committed itself to supporting the European Union’s action programme which is aimed at halving the number of traffic deaths on European roads by 2010. “The probability of a traffic accident involving one of the more than 350 tankers and 500 trucks for gas cylinders which are used to supply our customers each day is relatively high,” says Danilo Ritlop, who is responsible for occupational safety, health, environment and quality management at Messer. “In particular with regard to the laws and sets of rules which apply for the industrial gas industry and the training courses based on these, our staff and external tanker drivers provide support in ensuring that gases are transported and handled as safely as possible. This has highest priority at Messer. We understand our declaration of commitment to the European Union as a pledge to implement defined individual measures“. Messer will launch a campaign for road safety for more than 50 European locations in over 30 countries in which it will enhance the training for tanker drivers. The introduction of a new system for the statistical measurement of key figures in road safety – such as incidents per million kilometres – is designed to detect possible causes in the company so that improvements can be tailored to the situation.

Safety generates trust
In June the Messer Group received seven awards for accident-free operations at the Congress of the European Industrial Gases Association in Venice, Italy. The companies of the industrial gas specialist in the Czech Republic received two gold and one silver EIGA awards for 15 years of accident-free operation of a plant for producing air gases and for filling industrial gases in gas cylinders. Two production locations of Messer’s Slovakian company, which has its headquarters in Bratislava, also received a golden award for 15 years of accident-free operation and a silver award for ten years of accident-free operation. Messer’s French subsidiary gained a silver EIGA award for five years without an accident. For the first time, Messer in Algeria – a joint venture of Messer and ENGI which has existed since 1998 – received an EIGA safety award for one million working hours without an accident at the production location for air gases in Skika.

The European Industrial Gases Association is based in Brussels. From there it represents almost all European companies which produce and market technical, medical and food processing gases. The members of the association work together to achieve the highest standard of safety and environmental protection when producing, transporting and using gases.

Messer Group GmbH
Vice President
Corporate Communications
Diana Buss
Gahlingspfad 31
47803 Krefeld

Phone: +49 (0) 2151 7811-251
Fax: +49 (0) 2151 7811-598

Messer is one of the leading industrial gas companies, and is active in over 30 countries in Europe and Asia, as well as Peru, with over 60 operating companies. Its international activities are managed from Frankfurt am Main, whilst management of core technical functions – logistics, engineering, production and applications engineering – is undertaken from Krefeld. In 2007, about 4,400 employees generated consolidated sales of €705 million.
From acetylene to xenon, the Messer Group has one of the most diverse product portfolios on the market – it produces industrial gases such as oxygen, nitrogen, argon, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, helium, shielding gases for welding, specialty gases, medical gases and many different gas mixtures.
The Messer Group has state-of-the-art research and competence centers in which it develops applied technologies for the use of gases in almost every sector of industry, in food technology and environmental technology, medicine as well as research and science.

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