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Two interesting studies related to the transport of dangerous goods have been carried out in Italy and Germany. The Italian study is based on accidents on road and rail occurring from 1985 - 1988, and approximately 250 accidents have been included in the analysis. The German study covers road accidents with dangerous goods from 1982 - 1984 and includes approximately 350 accidents. Furthermore, the French Ministry for the Environment has published very extensive accident lists for the years 1987 - 1990, including more than 2000 accidents with hazardous materials, both in relation to transportation and fixed installations. The paper analyses these studies in depth and attempts to give an overview of the differences and similarities between the three countries. Available data on the volume of material transported are presented. The number of serious accidents in the three countries is estimated and subsequently normalised according to kilometres driven with dangerous goods per year. The differences and similarities are discussed and an attempt is made to extrapolate the findings to the entire European Community.

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Authors: FACCHINI A, Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Nucleare (IT);BROCKHOFF L H, Technical University of Denmark, Department of Chemical Engineering, Lyngby (DK)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Transporting Dangerous Goods by Road: Safety and Environmental Protection, Karlstad (SE), June 2-4, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 36592 ORA
Record Number: 199210650 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en