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Under the policy that "Safety is our number one priority" and the Safety Slogan based on the policy, the HTS Group ensures that each employee carries on the safety cultures and strives to provide safe and secure services.
The HTS Group establishes a unified priority initiative policy every year and works on activities based on the policy and the Safety Slogan.
Once every six months, the president of Group companies at fields and the executive officer in charge at the HTS head office and headquarters send a "Safety Top Message" to raise safety awareness.
HTS assigns "an officer in charge of safety" appointed by the president and promotes a top-down safety activities. Monthly Executive Committee deliberates and receives reports on accident occurrence and Monthly Audit Committee also receives reports on the progress of safety activities and accident occurrence, in order to ensure safety activities promotion and management.
In addition, we have built a system that allows all executive officers, including the President, to receive the initial report and follow-up reports by email in the event of an accident, so that they can take prompt measures to prevent the occurrence of similar accidents.
Furthermore, we have established "Safety and Health Management Regulations" and have built a safety management system for each office and Group companies. Specifically, a total of 82 Safety Instructors who completed about three months of safety instructor mentoring training at the Matsudo Training Institute are assigned to the head office and individual group companies to provide daily safety instruction, and a "Health and Safety Committee" is set up in each office, in promoting measures to prevent hazards and health problems for employees. Moreover, we have been working to improve safety levels by sharing safety-related information at company-wide presentations held each year.
*Health and Safety Committee
|Composition||Safety and health managers and industrial physicians|
(Including company representative and employee representative)
|Holding frequency||At least once a month|
|Main agenda items||
|Other activities||Regular workplace inspections and improvement activities|
In order to protect the safety of employees and deliver safety and security to customers, the HTS Group has been working to acquire specialized knowledge, improve driving skills and inspection skills, and to raise awareness and improve knowledge about safety through a variety of safety-related education and training, as well as internal and external driving competitions, and practicing safety activities throughout the Group.
|Top seminar holding area (FY2019)*||Higashinippon Area (July), Chubu Area (May), Kansai Area (May), Kyusyu Area (June)|
*Seminars were not held in FY2020 in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
|Top Seminar holding area (FY2019)||FY2019||VANTEC EUROPE LIMITED|
|FY2018||Vantec Sumiso Logistics (Wuhan) Co., Ltd.|
|FY2017||Hitachi Transport System Vantec (Thailand), Ltd.|
|Overseas group companies that announced examples of initiatives|
|VANTEC EUROPE LIMITED|
|Hitachi Transport System(China), Ltd.|
|J. P. Holding Company, Inc.|
We adopt various safety technologies to vehicles and facilities at each site to prevent accidents.
The HTS Group is in order to protect drivers as an organization and not to become either the victim or assailant, we are promoting the installation of "SSCV-Safety," a solution to prevent accidents due to absent-minded driving.
In Japan, we have completed the installation of SSCV-Safety in the Group's all business vehicles including 1,272 trucks and 37 personal vehicles by FY2020. The installation of "SSCV-Safety" has allowed us to provide drivers with guidance based on the daily review, reducing the number of incidents by 80% in one year after the installation. It has also contributed to enhancing compliance by raising drivers' safety awareness and realizing stable and systematic vehicle assignment by raising awareness on health management. In the future, we will introduce the solution to personal vehicles of all domestic group companies as well as to the trucks of partner transport companies, with the aim of increasing the number of vehicles to approximately 6,000 by FY2023.
・SSCV-Safety actual installation and future target (domestic)
|HTS Group||Commercial trucks||1,237||1,272||approximately
|Trucks of partner transport companies||0||0||approximately
・Installing dashboard cameras
In addition to HTS Group has installed including those of transport partner companies vehicles to ensure safety of the surrounding area by double-checking both by sight and monitor. In fiscal 2020, we will complete the installation on all of the approximately 1,200 applicable vehicles of domestic group companies, and we are working to ensure that monitors are installed as standard equipment when new vehicles are introduced.
・Installing dashboard cameras
In addition to all trucks it owns in Japan, the HTS Group has also installed dashboard cameras in forklifts so as to be used for daily activities to secure safety including confirmation with finger pointing and calling during operation. We are also installing dashboard cameras in overseas group companies.
|Forklift equipped with dashboard camera|
(as of March, 2021）
Scope: HTS, domestic/overseas group companies
・Blue LED/Red LED
*Commercially available LED that is use for light, not a device exclusively for forklift
Each year, the HTS Group sends contestants in "the National Forklift Driving Contest*1" and "the National Truck Driver Contest*2" for the purpose of acquiring specialized knowledge, improving driving skills, and boosting awareness of safety issues.
Again in FY2019, contestants who won out at prefectural-level preliminary contests around the country competed in the national contests and achieved excellent results. Through these activities, we strive to raise safety awareness and prevent accidents not only for drivers but also for all employees.
In FY2020, both contests were cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19.
The HTS Group sent 14 contestants to this competition, where contestants strive for the highest score in both the academic knowledge and skill competitions (inspection and driving).
The contestant of Hitachi Transport System West Japan Co., Ltd. who participated in the 4-ton category received the Prime Minister's Award with the highest overall score in all categories. In addition, the 5th place winner was ranked 1st in overall score for all categories among contestants over 50 years of age, and received the Japan Trucking Association President's Special Award.
They achieved magnificent results by winning higher rankings in all categories, including 3rd and 4th in the 4-ton category and 3rd in the Trailer category, in addition to two winners in the 11-ton and female drivers categories.
The HTS Group sent 17 contestants to this competition, where contestants strive for the total score of three categories of academic knowledge, inspection skills and driving technique, and contestants from the HTS Group achieved good results with four of them winning the prize, including Hitachi Transport System West Japan Co., Ltd. contestant winning the 1st award in the female drivers category and received the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Award, and also in the general category, our contestants won 4th and 5th place.
*1 National Truck Driver Contest: An event organized by the Japan Trucking Association, in which contestants compete for the title of Number One Truck Driver in Japan
*2 National Forklift Driving Contest: An event organized by the Land Transportation Safety & Health Association designed to achieve even better safety and to effectively prevent workplace accidents
Potential hazards exist even in workplaces where no accidents have occurred. We are promoting risk assessment activities in all workplaces so that employees can write down on hazard maps any areas of the workplace where they feel there are dangers such as near-miss (Hiyari-Hatto) and take immediate countermeasures.
At the HTS Group, we envision a full range of scenarios in workplaces and implement appropriate on-site training sessions based on these, covering both practical training and experiential sessions.
We have also introduced experiential education that reproduces dangerous workplace accident using VR (Virtual Reality).
The HTS Group conducts lectures and practical trainings for new employees to acquire safety knowledge when join the Company.
For safe transportation, installation and setting up of large instruments such as railway cars, power plants and industrial machinery, and precision equipment such as laboratory and medical equipment, it is crucial to make a careful plan and follow through the plan at the site.
For the implementation of operations, in addition to scrutinizing the contents of plans and providing on-site guidance, by making use of "Safety technology handbook for heavy cargo engineering," which will be distributed to all workers in heavy machinery and plant facilities transportation we have been striving for safe operation.
When we launch a new business or introduce new facilities, etc., we hold phase-gate meetings attended by executives at each stage of planning, investment, and operation. At each meeting, potential occupational safety risks are identified and evaluated, and measures are taken to reduce risks.
We installed digital signage at various locations at the logistics site, such as break rooms in the warehouses and truck driver waiting areas, and repeatedly display the description, causes, and measures of accidents using videos to raise the safety awareness of all employees.
・Accident cases due to distraction and how to respond
・Accidents caused by excessive speed and how to respond
・Accident cases when backing up and how to respond etc.
At the HTS Group, we have established the Hitachi Transport System Work Standards, which set out safety rules for all operations that occur in the course of providing logistics services, including transport and warehouse operations.
In order to spread global safety standards of the HTS Group overseas, we have been deploying safety activities in the same way as in Japan to raise awareness of safety management. In specific we send Safety Caravans led by Japanese instructors to overseas and engage in improvement activities together with local staff. We work to improve issues at relevant sites and provide ongoing support regarding safety. Safety caravans planned at seven companies overseas were not held in FY2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In FY2021, in order to manage safety remotely, we have developed an online system and plan to implement it in four companies.
|Overseas safety caravans (including dispatch of safety supervisors)|
From FY2013, the HTS Group overseas locations have held forklift competitions for local employees.
Japanese supervisors are sent to these events to boost the globalization of HTS's culture of corporate safety in general as well as to impart safety technologies.
These competitions also serve the purpose of helping individuals to be more aware of their own growth trajectory through healthy competition between local employees.
|In-house forklift competition holding areas up to FY2019*||China, Thailand, Indonesia|
*Not held in FY2020 in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Monthly publication of Safety & Quality assurance news is done once a month in Japanese, English and Chinese to report on the occurrence of accidents and disasters, and that is disseminated within the Group. We publish good examples of the causes of accidents and measures to prevent recurrence and strive to raise awareness of safety management not only in Japan but also overseas to prevent similar accidents from occurring.
This information is disclosed under Article 2 Clause 8 of the Code for Truck Transportation Business Safety.
(Classification of relevant businesses: companies owning under 300 motor trucks for business use)
As an important element of our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), all employees at Hitachi Transport System, Ltd. and its group companies work in unison to abide by the following principles, under the initiative of our top management.
Information on transportation safety stipulated in Article 2 Clause 8 of the Code for Truck Transportation Business Safety
(Category of target businesses: less than 300 commercial freight vehicles)
In 2021 business term, we did not receive Statistic traffic accidents defined in Article 2 of the Transportation Safety Management Regulation.
The vehicle management managers of each management headquarters and business establishment managers set an annual plan for safe driving education, and provide driving coaching to driver employees using SSCV-Safety (Safety Operation Management Solution) as needed, in addition to education on the knowledge necessary to prevent traffic accidents.
Regarding the introduction of safety technology and safety education, individual Group companies have actively budgeted for this and promoted activities, and HTS had also budged for a part thereof, such as the introduction of SSCV (Smart & Safety Connected Vehicle) to Group companies, to support the safety activities of individual companies.
We have established a reporting and communication system so that we can respond promptly to all accidents that occur in the HTS Group. We respond to particularly serious accidents both domestically and internationally with a system that sends e-mails to all concerned parties including the President and CEO as the first report.
For Group companies, we utilize the training courses and skill centers of the Matsudo Training Institute to provide sensory education such as training in danger prediction during night operations.
In 2021 business term, we did not receive any Transport Safety Order, Business Improvement Order, Suspension of Use for automobile or any other transport equipment, or Business Suspension Order.
Number of participants in safety training at the Matsudo Training Institute
(Training for Group companies hosted by HTS Safety Management Division)
|Truck driver sensory training||*|
|Manager Safety Training- Forklift||26|
|Manager Safety Training- Vehicles||18|
|Manager Safety Training- in-house factory||25|
|On-site instructor safety implementation training||20|
*Trainings were not conducted in FY2021 in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Number of traffic accidents defined in Article 2 of the Transportation Safety Management Regulation (Total of HTS Group*1)
*1：Scope: Hitachi Transport System, Ltd., Hitachi Transport System East Japan Co., Ltd., Hitachi Transport System Kanto Co., Ltd., Hitachi Transport System Metropolitan Co., Ltd., Hitachi Transport System South Kanto Co., Ltd., Hitachi Transport System Central Japan Co., Ltd., Hitachi Transport System West Japan Co., Ltd., Hitachi Transport System Kyushu Co., Ltd., and Hitachi Transport Direx Co., Ltd., VANTEC CORPORATION, Vantec East Logistics Corporation, Vantec Central Logistics Corporation, Vantec Kyushu Logistics Corporation, TOKIWA KAIUN COMPANY LIMITED
*2：Breakdown of traffic accidents defined in Article 2 of the Transportation Safety Management Regulation (FY2021)
|Fatality or critical injury||1|
Workplace accident index of the HTS Group (domestic)*1
|Frequency rate*2(of those HTS)||HTS Group
Inside the parentheses are HTS
|Transportation and postal services*4||3.42||3.50||3.31|
|Severity rate*3(of those HTS)||HTS Group
Inside the parentheses are HTS
|Transportation and postal services*4||0.12||0.14||0.13|
*1: Excluding temporary employees and employees of partner companies.
*2: Number of injuries or deaths resulting from workplace accidents for each one million total hours worked by employees.
*3: Number of lost workdays for each 1,000 total hours worked by employees.
*4: Extracted from "Survey on Industrial Accidents" from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
The following is the data including frequency rate of workplace accidents and severity rate of workplace accidents.