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Award-Winning: Messer improves its Safety Worldwide

Bad Soden, Germany. - Messer, the largest privately managed industrial gases specialist, improved its work safety worldwide in 2017. The number of industrial accidents reported with loss of working hours fell sharply from 25 (in 2016) to 15. The company recently received six safety awards for exemplary work safety from the European Industrial Gases Association.

The European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA) has given awards to Messer’s national subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Serbia, Hungary and France in recognition of their work safety.

The company in the Czech Republic was honoured with the Gold Two Star Safety Award for two million hours worked with zero industrial accidents. Messer in Serbia received the Gold Safety Award for 15 years of accident-free operations. Messer in Hungary achieved 500,000 accident-free working hours, for which it received the Silver Safety Award. Messer’s entities in France and Serbia were each honoured in the Bronze category for five years with zero loss of working hours.

In addition, Messer in Hungary was honoured for the lowest accident rate in the “Cylinder Vehicles” category. 


In 2017, the number of industrial accidents reported with loss of working hours fell sharply at Messer from 25 (2016) to 15. The rate of loss of employee working time per million hours worked (accident frequency rate) fell by 1 to 1.4. The number of employee working days lost (industrial accident severity rate) per million hours worked also fell in 2017, from 77.9 to 45.4. In 2017, there were 37 reportable industrial accidents, compared to 88 in the previous year.

Bernd Eulitz, President of EIGA, and Phil Brickell, General Secretary of EIGA, handed Adolf Walth, member of the Management Board of Messer Group, five safety awards of the European Industrial Gases Association for exemplary occupational safety. Another award was presented to Zsolt Bohner, General Manager of Messer in Hungary, for the lowest accident rate in the “Cylinder Vehicles” category.


Messer Cutting Systems is a global supplier of cutting edge technology. The company offers products and services for the metalworking industry which set standards world-wide. As market leader in its branch, the machine manufacturer supplies complete solutions and concentrates strategically on advising its customers and customer oriented innovation. Here, the company focusses on the digitalisation of processes and products. Messer Cutting Systems is represented with more than 800 employees in 5 main locations with production facilities and in more than 50 countries.

The product range includes oxyfuel, plasma and laser cutting systems from hand guided machines right up to special machines for shipbuilding as well as machines and equipment for oxyfuel welding, cutting, brazing, soldering and heating. Spare parts, repairs, modernisation, maintenance and service as well as environmental technology round out the product portfolio. In-house software solutions optimise production and business processes. The product range is extended by solutions from technology partners, for example in the field of automation.

An intensive dialogue with our customers has prime position – the modern training centre makes this claim clear. World-wide, Messer Cutting Systems is the partner of choice for cutting systems, oxyfuel technology and customer consultancy.