Cemex USA has reaffirmed its commitment to workplace safety with Safety Week 2017: Action-Based Safety. The company-wide initiative took place this week and was observed at its hundreds of facilities across the US.
Workers participated in safety stand downs on Tuesday, with all operations stopping for 60 – 90 minutes so that employees could refocus on their safety procedures s well as Cemex’s commitment to Zero4Life.
Zero4Life is something we live at CEMEX every single day,” CEMEX USA President Ignacio Madridejos said. “Safety Week shows how it takes commitment from everyone to have zero recordable injuries, job-related illnesses, preventable vehicle accidents and environmental events. It really takes daily action to make it happen.”
Workers also conducted site inspections at Cemex USA’s 12 cement plants, nearly 70 aggregates quarries and over 350 ready-mix facilities. They identified potential fall hazards, damaged tools and other opportunities to improve jobsite safety. Workers filled out safety improvement cards for any issues they found.
“By proactively identifying hazards at our facilities and fixing them, we will eliminate injuries in our operations,” Alan MacVicar, CEMEX USA’s Vice President of Health and Safety said. “The idea of Action-Based Safety helps reinforce the procedures and processes already adopted at CEMEX to make sure every worker at our facility can go home safe.”
Safety Week also placed an emphasis on driving safety, with The Baytown Ready-Mix Plant in Texas being one of a number of plants that invited police officers to inspect their trucks. The officers explained the violations that they watch for and provided workers with information on how they can ensure the safety of themselves as well as the drivers around them on the road.
“We talk a lot about safety, about the whys, but this is Action-Based Safety,” Paul Stalter, CEMEX Health and Safety Manager for East Texas, said. “We’re actually doing it. We’re getting it in the hands of the drivers with the knowledge, the experience and the resources. We want to make sure they go home to their families every day.”
Staying safe also requires Cemex employees to commit to their health, so several Cemex USA facilities held programmes on Friday about the importance of health eating and exercise. Safety Week 2017 concluded with employees completing Action-Based Safety Commitment Cards. The cards contained pledges of what they will do to commit to safe environments at the facilities and will be posted in central locations at the plants, to serve as reminders that safety is in action, not just words.