For one and a half hours on Monday, 13 July 2015, all 200 Cemex UK's readymix plants will be shut. On this day, the Cemex 90minutes Step-in will take place, with 600 colleagues and 460 independent haulier contractors taking part in safety training to encourage them to ‘step-in’ and look after themselves and those working alongside them.
The training has been developed internally and will be delivered by key people at operational level. Through the medium of story-telling to develop confidence, colleagues will be asked to look at everyday activities, for example, their ‘journey’ from the car park to the batching cabin and relate them to their colleagues.
“It is a major decision to close every plant, even for 90 minutes. We want to get everyone in our business to have the confidence to step-in and save incidents happening. In such a potentially hazardous industry, it is essential that everyone is on the alert for any unsafe practices or behaviour, after all, staying safe has no memory! We may have had no incidents today but we want no incidents tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. We want everyone to go home safe at the end of the day, to their families and friends,” comments Lance Higgs, National Operations Director, Cemex Readymix.
In January 2015 Cemex UK Readymix celebrated one year lost-time-injuries, a significant milestone in such a complex business, involving a vast number of people, both employees and contractors working in a fast moving business with continuous truck movements on site.