Under the name “Not one more”, SCA is starting a unique initiative to reduce accidents involving timber trucks and to make timber transport safer. Some 600 drivers and fleet owners are now to receive training. “Our goal is that everyone can travel and arrive home safely,” says Lars Nolander, Logistics Manager at SCA Skog.

About 70 haulers, employing more than 500 drivers, assist SCA in its timber transportation. In recent years, SCA’s timber transportation vehicles have been involved in several serious accidents or near accidents, some of which were fatal.

“Nobody should be injured or die because we need to transport timber, it’s as simple as that. The accidents made us realize that we must take action and create greater awareness and knowledge about the risks of working in a timber logistics chain,” says Lars.

Powerful training initiative

Under the name “Inte en till” (Not one more), SCA is starting a unique initiative to reduce accidents involving timber trucks and to make timber transport safer. Together with NTF, SCA is now launching a powerful training for all drivers and fleet owners.

“At SCA, we have strong focus on sustainability. The creation of safer and more secure timber transportation is a way to protect people, both timber truck drivers and people who meet them on the roads. In this manner, we can contribute to a safer and more sustainable society,” says Lars.

“This initiative is an extension of our safety efforts in recent years where we have focused on the importance of high-visibility workwear, instructions for safe distances and risk observations. We are now intensifying this work and moving it closer to the actual drivers.

Surveys and meetings

The initiative will start by interviewing some drivers, fleet owners and transport managers at SCA so NTF can obtain a picture of SCA’s day-to-day transportation. All participants subsequently answer a survey about how they view safety and how they act. The training sessions will begin after this.

“NTF’s training officers will travel across the north of Sweden and meet drivers and fleet owners in smaller groups. We anticipate between 70 and 90 meetings in total by spring 2020. When the training sessions are completed, we will hold a second survey.”

The project will start in May of this year when SCA holds two meetings with haulers in Piteå and Sundsvall.

“We are already receiving positive reactions from some haulers, but expect to hear more comments when we meet up. I believe many people are positive to the initiative, though it must also be understood that participants may need to examine their own “industry culture” – such as always wearing a seatbelt and keeping to the speed limit,” says Lars. “However, I am convinced that we can work together to make transportation safer. This is a first step of a process that will take several years, but it is important to save lives by getting started now!”

“I hope it will be copied by other transport purchasers in the forest industry.”

About NTF

The Swedish National Society for Road Safety (NTF) is an independent organization formed in 1934 that works for the right for all people to safe and secure traffic.

Photo: Michael Engman

Published 4/16/2019