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Safety ambitions for the next decade

14 December 2020, Published under Cement News

Safety had always been a priority, but as of 2001, the industry set about developing common metrics and sharing of safety best practice. This led to demonstrable yearly improvement in safety performance across the globe. In 2009 a comparison with other industry sectors identified that the cement industry could potentially further improve its safety performance by a factor of 10. A decade later, in 2020, a highly-laudable seven- to eight-fold improvement has actually been achieved. However, a...

Safety leadership – all aboard

03 September 2019, Published under Cement News

When USA-based Thomas Concrete appointed a new president and CEO, the company gained an ambitious safety programme. With the support of DEKRA Organisational Safety and Reliability (OSR) the concrete producer initially brought the senior leadership on-board, followed by local work teams, and transformed its safety record. By DEKRA OSR, USA. Thomas Concrete OSHA Recordables vs industry Headquartered in Atlanta, USA, Thomas Concrete is a mid-size ready-mix concrete producer with 12...

Lehigh Cement wins Governor's Workspace Safety Award

01 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Lehigh Cement Company LLC (Lehigh Hanson, Inc), was awarded the Governor's Workplace Safety Award in the medium-size business category for innovation at the company's Mitchell, Indiana, plant. The Governor's Workplace Safety Awards are a result of a collaboration among the Indiana Department of Labor on behalf of Governor Eric J Holcomb, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. Governor Eric J Holcomb recognised winners ...

Ghana building code is launched

02 November 2018, Published under Cement News

The Cement Manufacturers Association of Ghana (CMAG) has made a comprehensive 'Ghana Building Code' to ensure cement sold in the country is within the standards specified in the code. CMAG's Executive Secretary, Rev Dr George Dawson-Ahmoah believes the code will serve as a check to flush out sib-standard cement on the market. The code was launched by by Vice  President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia. It consists of 38 parts and 1700 pages covering the essential areas of safe operation of the buildin...

Lafarge Maldives celebrates 8 years zero lost time injuries

15 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Maldives has reached an important milestone on 22 September 2017, celebrating eight consecutive years of zero lost time injuries. At Lafarge Maldives, employees aim to conduct their business with zero harm and create a healthy and safe environment for all stakeholders. Lafarge Maldives Cement has actively participated in Occupational Safety & Health Conference 2017, organised by State Trading Organization (STO) along with Maldives Association of Construction Industry (MACI) to...

LH Côte d'Ivoire initiates new health and safety measure

23 May 2017, Published under Cement News

As part of its Health & Safety policy, LafargeHolcim Côte d'Ivoire will carry out alcohol breathalyser tests to protect plant personnel and visitors from associated risk factors in the workplace. The regular but random spot checks will be carried by security agents using an electronic breathalyser at the entrance to sites. Persons displaying a positive reading of more than 0.01mg/l will be dealt with according to the company's internal procedures to prevent any potential alcohol-related ac...

USA: MSHA points to management failings in Midlothian fatality

19 December 2016, Published under Cement News

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) report on the fatal accident in May at Ash Grove Midlothian plant in Texas cites a failure in management policies, procedures, and controls to adequately ensure that effective barricades and readily visible warning signs were provided, where hazards were not immediately obvious. Roderick Barnes, Maintenance Worker, age 46, was fatally injured on 10 May 2016 falling 50ft through an unprotected three foot by four foot opening in a walkway o...

Philippines: Cement firms win environmental and mining safety awards

07 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Apo Cement Corporation has won awards for safety and environmental standards at the Presidential Mine Safety and Environment Conference organised by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association, the Manila Bulletin reports. The Cemex Philippines subsidiary received the Presidential Mineral Industry Environment Award (Platinum) for Mineral Processing and was declared winner for the Safest Mines Award in the Cement Plant category, with Taiheiyo Cement Philippines taking second pla...

IEEE Fatality and Serious Injury Prevention symposium

05 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Co-sponsored by the PCA’s Occupational Health and Safety Committee, IEEE’s Maintenance and Safety Working Group and the Cement Industry Working Committee, the first IEEE Fatality and Serious Injury (FSI) Prevention Symposium was held during the recent IEEE-IAC/PCA Technical Conference in Dallas, USA. ICR was present to report on the findings. Allen Hamblen, president and CEO of CalPortland Co (left), highlighted the need for change in safety culture during the first IEEE FSI Preven...

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.