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United States: Kosmos Cement plant suffers fatality

12 August 2016, Published under Cement News

A person has died after a workplace accident at the Cemex-owned Kosmos Cement plant in Louisville, Kentucky, USA Associated Press reports that local police attributed the accident to a mechanical failure in a pulley system. An investigation is currently underway and the victim has yet to be identified. In April, Kosmos Cement agreed to pay a US$400,000 after admitting negligence that led to the death of a contractor in February 2014.

India: four critically injured at plant in Sindri

18 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Following a blast in the hot air generator on Saturday, four contract workers at a cement plant in Sindri, India, were severely injured. The injured were taken to Bokaro General Hospital where their condition is said to be critical. Surendra Singh, senior manager of the plant, said the four men were working near the generator, which is used to supply hot air to the rolling mill, when there was a blast in the pipeline. The workers sustained severe burns from the incident. They were immedia...

Nigeria: Lafarge Africa launches logistics academy for truck drivers

18 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Africa Plc has established a logistics academy for truck drivers in an attempt to lower the level of reckless driving in Nigeria. According to the company the academy will educate drivers on the fundamentals of safety and fleet management. Michael Puchercos, group managing director, explained that the academy follows up on a road safety project also established by the company to ensure good performance from its drivers. On behalf of Mr Puchercos, Fidelia Osime, director of organis...

Puerto Rico: Cemex agrees penalties for MSHA safety violations

11 July 2016, Published under Cement News

The US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced that Cemex de Puerto Rico has agreed to pay US$291,722 in penalties and implement enhanced safety measures at its three MSHA-regulated facilities in Puerto Rico. The settlement resolves 119 citations and orders issued for safety violations at the company’s Ponce Cement plant and Cantera Canas mines. MSHA issued the citations and orders for a wide variety of violations, including obstructed and unsafe travel ways an...

USA: Essroc cited for 10 health violations

04 May 2016, Published under Cement News

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited through its Cleveland Area Office Essroc Cement Corporation for one repeated and 10 serious safety and health violations, reported OSHA. The cement producer, part of the Italcementi Group, now faces US$92,000 in federal fines for alleged hazards at its Middlebranch facility, according to OSHA. Workers at the facility were allegedly exposed to machine, noise and respiratory hazards, OSHA stated. The...

USA: Cemex fined US$400,000 over negligence at Kosmos Cement

21 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Cemex-owned Kosmos Cement has pleaded guilty to negligence over its failure to comply with health and safety standards , which contributed to the death of a contractor. The company was fined US$400,000, of which US$200,000 is payable immediately. The remaining US$200,000 will be waived if Cemex upgrades the facilities at its plant in Louisville, Kentucky, to the required standard, adopts a written maintenance control programme and allows on-site inspections by state officials. Accordin...

USA: Ash Grove announces more award winners

08 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Ash Grove Cement Company’s Durkee plant in Oregon has won an internal award for excellence in safety.  Commenting on the win, Steve Minshall, Ash Grove corporate health and safety director, said: “Earning the Safety Excellence Award takes focussed effort, teamwork, accountability and truly valuing the well-being of every person in the plant, and we congratulate the Durkee employees on their achievement”. The company’s plants in Durkee (OR), Leamington (UT), Midlothian (TX) as well as t...

BLA releases fifth sustainable development report

14 January 2016, Published under Cement News

The British Lime Association (BLA) has released its fifth sustainable development report which presents the industry's progress in 2014. The report features case studies from member companies detailing a range of innovative projects implemented by lime producers to improve their environmental and safety performance. Commenting on the industry's recent achievements, Richard Stansfield, BLA chairman, said: "Lime producers have made some significant and beneficial changes to the lime manufac...

Philippines: Apo Cement Corp recognised for environmental stewardship

06 January 2016, Published under Cement News

Apo Cement Corp, a subsidiary of the Cemex Philippines, was recently recognised for its environmental stewardship, health and safety, and community development achievements. The Apo team received the awards from the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA) committee during the 62nd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference in November. The awards included the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award 2015 – platinum award, best mining forest and safes...

Holcim Romania initiates road safety programme

30 November 2015, Published under Cement News

Holcim Romania has initiated a national road safety programme to raise awareness of the importance of  safe driving across the supply chain. The three-year programme consists of series of projects mainly aimed at reducing the number of casualties and critical road incidents in Romania. The national road safety programme launched by the building materials producer will comprise four main action directions which will take place simultaneously and in which the company has invested over EUR100,...