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Health and safety successes for CEMEX UK

Company celebrates four significant health and safety achievements including two LTI ‘firsts’

FOR the first time in their history, CEMEX Readymix & Mortars, a business sector of CEMEX UK, have achieved one full year without a lost-time injury.

The achievement is one of four major health and safety attainments being celebrated by the company this month after CEMEX Cement’s three operational sites and associated quarries achieved another ‘first’ by going two years without a lost-time injury (LTI).

In addition, CEMEX UK received 12 awards in RoSPA’s Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2011, and the company’s Readymix Central Region received CEMEX’s internal National Safety Award for its commitment, engagement and leadership.

‘This is an unprecedented achievement of one year LTI-free across our entire Readymix operation. Every single employee is to be congratulated for their tremendous effort in keeping themselves and each other safe over an entire year,’ said Chris Leese, vice-president Readymix & Mortars and chairman of the Mineral Products Association’s Health and Safety Committee.

Special internal recognition was singled out for the Readymix Central Region, where 97% of the 95 plants in the region are single-man operations spread over a very wide geographic area.

‘It is a significant challenge to influence health and safety across this type of business and this internal award is a testimony to the commitment of my team to make accidents and injuries, hopefully, a thing of the past,’ commented Central Region director Marcus Rappensberger.

Externally, RoSPA awarded CEMEX UK a total of 12 awards including the Business Sector award for Readymix Southern and Sector Commendations for Aggregates Southern and Logistics.

Commenting further, Chris Leese said: ‘Clearly, everyone in CEMEX Readymix has much to celebrate in terms of progress in health and safety. That said, it is a fact that incidents happen in the future not the past, and we are determined to avoid any question of complacency.

‘We must remain aware that serious incidents with the potential to cause harm continue to occur and so we should stay alert, deal with hazards, look after our colleagues and be determined in our leadership. In that way we will achieve zero harm.’

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