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Lafarge win national recognition for H&S record

LEADING UK cement manufacturers Lafarge have been recognized for their ongoing commitment to health and safety by picking up a collection of awards and commendations spanning their entire business operations at the recent Mineral Products Association Best Practice Awards 2009.

MPA Cement trophies were awarded for the company’s Cookstown Cement Works, in Co. Tyrone, and Dunbar Cement Works, in East Lothian, for operating throughout 2008 without a single lost-time injury.

Lafarge were also ‘highly commended’ in the Engineering Initiatives category for housekeeping and safety standards at their Hope Works, in Derbyshire; in the Management Systems Initiatives category for their senior-management safety prioritization; and in the Training Initiatives category for mobile plant training and the introduction of gradient/road width plans within quarries to ensure safer working environments.

The company was also awarded a Certificate of Merit in the Occupational Health category for introducing a device to measure and help reduce operator exposure to whole-body vibration on mobile plant equipment at Dunbar Quarry.

In addition, Lafarge’s John Millen, yard supervisor at Hope Cement Works, and Barry Robinson MBE, mobile plant trainer and NVQ assessor, received special recognition for their personal commitment and contributions to health and safety.

Expressing his delight at receiving such wide-ranging recognition from the MPA, Erdogan Pekenc, managing director of Lafarge Cement, said: ‘These awards can only be achieved by all employees maintaining a daily safety focus. With their ongoing commitment we will continue to build upon our recognized best practice.’


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