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Lafarge’s Spanish cement plants celebrate health and safety achievements

World Cement,

A number of Lafarge’s Spanish cement plants have held training activities and celebrations to mark the central day of ‘Health and Safety Month’.

Cementos Parrilla celebrated six years without accidents, with the attendance of the Mayor of La Parrilla, María Estrella Sanz Rojo, the Provincial Delegate of the CCOO in Valladolid, Antonio Díez Méndez, Director General of Lafarge Spain, Isidoro Miranda, Lafarge’s Director of Health and Safety, Rafael Menéndez-Abascal, as well as Cementos Parrilla’s Director, Mariano García Hoyos. Employees took part in a number of activities designed to promote self-development and teamwork within the ambit of health and safety.

Over in Cataluña, around 140 Lafarge employees and various Montcada i Reixac associations came together to mark the occasion, the theme of which is ‘Mi participación, mi ejemplo: tu vida’ (My participation, my example: your life). During the event, Isidoro Mirando congratulated the Montcada i Reixac plant for reaching two years with zero accidents.

Meanwhile, Lafarge’s Sagunto plant was treated to a visit from four-time motorcycling world champion Jorge Matínez Aspar, who discussed the importance of health and safety and teamwork. Workers also had the opportunity to have a go on driving simulators and scalextric tracks. Following 922 days without accidents, the plant has been granted entry into the Lafarge Group’s Excellence in Safety Club. Of the company’s 125 plants worldwide, only 9 have achieved entry. To celebrate this milestone and in recognition of the support of external service providers, the plant held an open day for workers, external providers and their families.

In 2013, for the first time, Lafarge Spain achieved an entire year with a zero accident rate across its aggregates, concrete and cement facilities in the country.

Lafarge invested €1.5 million in improving the safety of its installations and employees in 2013. This included 22 000 hours of training and development and 10 500 discussions and suggestions regarding safety and accident prevention.

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