Dangerous situations can arise if there is an accident involving tucks carrying dangerous goods. Like last time in Germany. There was an accident with a truck carrying radioactive materials on Autobahn 7 near Bavaria. „The incoming traffic police patrol could not communicate with the foreign driver, but recognised the dangerous goods signs attached to the truck. The goods transported were clearly radioactive material“, said the spokesman. Source: Welt.de
The fire brigade has been deployed for a large-scale operation with 48 firefighters. The fire brigade checked the vehicle and the people at the accident site with their measuring equipment. The cargo, which had been packed in cartons, had remained intact.
At this moment, trucks are only fitted with warning signs, which provide only general information about the presence of dangerous goods, but do not allow conclusions to be drawn about their type, quantity or potential hazards. This information is important for determining the necessary measures to be taken by the emergency services.
TransFollow’s digital consignment note is the answer. During the AEOLIX pilot project, in cooperation with the German organisation BGL, the possibility was tested to see the ADR information on the consignment note in the event of an emergency. In Germany, the branch organisation BGL has been automating the exchange of information in the event of accidents involving hazardous materials in transport for many years.
Based on the digital consignment note, the automated information of the truck involved in the accident can be transmitted via eCall (112-based emergency assistance from the truck in Germany). An emergency message is automatically activated and linked to the exact GPS data of the location. This data (e.g. based on the vehicle’s license plates) is supplemented by the corresponding data on the consignment note and forwarded to the responsible control centre. The necessary measures can then be taken immediately.
Save time and increase public safety
The introduction of such a system will lead to an enormous gain of time and an increase in public safety. Immediate knowledge of the nature and quantity of the dangerous cargo and its potential risks alone will allow for a more accurate and faster reaction of the rescue forces. If necessary, this information can also be quickly shared with those in the surrounded area who are at risk.
However, the ADR information on the digital consignment note may also show that the type and quantity of dangerous goods is small and/or relatively ’non-dangerous‘. The salvage operation can then be carried out by a (voluntary) fire brigade without further external assistance and not by specialised teams. This would lead to cost decreases for local authorities and insurance companies.
The BGL has given this idea a new boost and in early May 2019 and made a short film as part of the EU’s AEOLIX LL.12 project. This film explains how such an automatic notification of an accident involving hazardous substances could work in practice. The BGL was supported by the German Fire Service Association.