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HeidelbergCement TEAM area award winners announced

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Port Talbot GGBS plant in south Wales has finished third overall at HeidelbergCement’s inaugural TEAM area safe work, healthy life awards conference, which was held in London on 18 March. The plant also won the UK prize.

The top international award went to Garipce ready-mixed concrete plant in Turkey, with Gent 1 cement plant in Belgium named as runner up.

The awards focus on housekeeping, health and safety management and environmental controls. Judging began last year, with competing sites evaluated against a list of 15 criteria by their own staff, local management and visitors. Over 6500 individual assessments were logged on HeidelbergCement’s intranet.

The UK business line winners were Port Talbot, Whatley quarry near Frome, Criggion asphalt near Welshpool, and Glasgow Central. Representatives from all four sites gathered in London with colleagues from the best performing sites from throughout the TEAM area, which covers the UK, northern Europe, Benelux, Spain, Turkey, Israel and parts of Africa.

After a series of briefings on health and safety best practice, the event culminated with a gala ceremony to announce the winning sites. The national winners were announced first, followed by the top three TEAM sites.

TEAM area head of health and safety Troy Felts said he was delighted with the enthusiasm shown throughout the region for the awards, which were designed to improve the profile of health and safety and introduce a sense of competition to be the safest – and the best.

“The idea was to improve site appearance, working conditions, attitude and behaviour, and install a sense of pride in the workplace,” he said. “It’s an investment in our people and will hopefully provide a connection between what is desired, and what is practiced.”

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