The Port of Esbjerg is a busy port with lots of activity: goods in, goods out; people coming to work in their cars, on bikes or on foot; operations on the quayside; foreign suppliers; ships docking; tug masts, cranes and heavy transport; and perhaps a couple of tourists and curious locals coming to see what’s happening in the docks.
The business, wide variety of people present, heavy loads and excessive speed are a dangerous combination. Some serious traffic accidents have happened in the port, and over the last 5 years, 66 accidents have been reported – in which 10 people were injured.
Visibility from very large vehicles is very limited, and if heavily-loaded, it takes time for them to stop. So please respect the work going on in the port. Drivers also want everyone to reach home safely.
Source: Rådet for Sikker Trafik
In the port there are areas of intense activity and extra caution is therefore needed in traffic when on the port premises.
In the Port of Esbjerg, over 6,000 ships dock every year, not to mention the comings and goings of the Fanø Ferry. We handle over 4.5 million tonnes of goods arriving by road and sea, 75,000 cars are unloaded, 2/3rds of global wind turbine production are shipped and around 10,000 people work here. Extra caution is therefore needed in traffic when on the port premises, including the public roads and areas within the secure areas behind the ISPS fencing.
Regardless of whether working in the port, or simply a visitor, please follow the recommendations from the businesses in the port for safe traffic culture. Discuss them and implement traffic safety in your HSE.
Rådet for Sikker Traffik (traffic safety council) also offers a survey able to give your business an idea of the attitudes and behaviour of its employees in traffic. Based on the results and benchmarking against other businesses, you will be able to identify areas where improvement is needed. The survey is online. It takes about 10 minutes per employee to complete. The survey is anonymous, and therefore only needs at least 20 respondents, and runs over 3 weeks. Read more and sign up here