• Winners: German Road Safety Council, Caverion, and Pflasterpass
• Award ceremony at Areal Böhler in Düsseldorf
• Awards a platform for innovative concepts for greater safety
The 2017 DEKRA Safety Champions have been decided: The German Road Safety Council (“Safety on the Road”), Caverion Deutschland GmbH (“Safety at Work”), and Pflasterpass gGmbH (“Safety at Home”) won over the jury with their ideas and their commitment to greater safety. The DEKRA Awards were presented in Düsseldorf on October 24, 2017.
The innovation, effectiveness, and portability of the solution presented were again the crucial criteria for the expert bodies and star-studded jury for the 2017 DEKRA Awards. The global expert organization DEKRA has been hosting the DEKRA Awards together with WirtschaftsWoche, Germany’s leading business magazine, for many years, honoring services to safety.
“There was an extraordinarily broad range of submissions this year,” said Stefan Kölbl, CEO of DEKRA e.V. and DEKRA SE, at the award ceremony at Areal Böhler in Düsseldorf. “Every idea, innovation, or initiative that can make the world a safer place needs to be put on a stage. The DEKRA Awards offer such a stage. They raise awareness, inspire, stimulate, and embolden people to go new ways,” said DEKRA’s CEO Kölbl.
The jury declared the following Safety Champions for the 2017 DEKRA Awards:
“Safety on the Road” category
Different mobility cultures mean that moving in traffic can also entail danger – for immigrants and all other road users. The “German Road Safety App” from the German Road Safety Council explains these dangers. The multilingual smartphone app provides audiovisual information on safe mobility issues in Germany. As an animated guide, the app features four themed sections and several quiz elements to provide an overview of the most important rules of the road in Germany. www.germanroadsafety.de
“Safety at work” category
“Stay on top!” is the name of the prize-winning campaign by Caverion Deutschland GmbH to prevent ladder accidents. In particular, it shines a light on the risk of accidents due to carelessness at low heights. This is where around 40% of all ladder accidents occur. The idea behind the campaign is that all workers receive a letter at home. This letter contained a personal note from a co-worker who had been the victim of an accident, a medical record with an x-ray, and a cardboard ladder showing the frequency of accidents in relation to height on the ladder. www.caverion.de
“Safety at home” category
The Pflasterpass program introduces four- to eight-year olds to “First Aid for Kids”. Pflasterpass gGmbH teaches impressionable minds about the dangers lurking at home, at school, and at play, and basic first aid skills appropriate to their age group. The topic can be reasonably be brought up with children from the age of four. Using the correct teaching methods, children learn how to treat themselves and others, in addition to basic first aid in order to respond carefully and safely in emergency situations. www.pflasterpass.de
The members of the jury are:
• Beat Balzli, Editor in Chief WirtschaftsWoche.
• Dr. Annette Niederfranke, Director of the International Labor Organization (ILO), Berlin
• Dr. Raimund Klinkner, CEO of Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL) and Honorary Professor of Production Logistics at the Technical University of Berlin
• Hatto Mattes, retired Ministerial Councilor in the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Head of the Department for Product and Plant Safety, International Technological Harmonization and the Transport of Hazardous Goods.
• Stefan Kölbl, CEO of DEKRA e.V. and DEKRA SE.
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DEKRA has been active in the field of safety for more than 90 years. Founded in 1925 in Berlin as Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungs-Verein e.V., it is today one of the world’s leading expert organizations. DEKRA SE is a subsidiary of DEKRA e.V. and manages the Group’s operating business. In 2016, DEKRA generated sales totalling approximately 2.9 billion Euros. The company currently employs more than 39,000 people in more than 50 countries on all five continents. With qualified and independent expert services, they work for safety on the road, at work and at home. These services range from vehicle inspection and expert appraisals to claims services, industrial and building inspections, safety consultancy, testing and certification of products and systems, as well as training courses and temporary work. The vision for the company’s 100th birthday in 2025 is that DEKRA will be the global partner for a safe world.