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Italcementi integration challenges safety performance

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Despite an improvement in health and safety performance at its sites in 2016, HeidelbergCement remains dissatisfied with its overall safety performance, according to company CEO, Bernd Scheifele.

According to the company’s 2016 Sustainability Report, serious accidents and fatalities continue to occur at HeidelbergCement facilities around the world, with many caused by human error.

“We were able to reduce the number and severity of accidents, as well as the number of fatalities,” said Scheifele in an interview published in the Sustainability Report. “However, we are still not satisfied with the result.”

One of the key challenges to safety performance has been the integration of Italcementi into HeidelbergCement’s occupational health network, as well as the continuous need for training of personnel – particularly a line manager level.

“We will have to further intensify our occupational safety efforts and introduce the HeidelbergCement standards are the production sites of the former Italcementi Group,” Scheifele said.

In addition “we will roll out a group-wide training initiative to once again emphasis the importance of line managers as role model,” Scheifele continued.

“The consistent implementation and observance of the existing safety standards is a top priority in the plans of all of the group’s national subsidiaries – this is a precondition for the prevention of accidents.”

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