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10 September 2007

HSC Chair, Sir Bill Callaghan visits Bramshill Quarry

Mike Ogden (Vice President, CEMEX), Sir Bill Callaghan (Chair HSE) and Lynda Thompson (Chairman) Building materials solutions company, CEMEX UK, welcomed Sir Bill Callaghan Chair of the Health and Safety Commission to its sand and gravel quarry at Bramshill in Eversley Hampshire on Wednesday 5th September.

Sir Bill wanted to visit the quarry to mark the strong and productive relationship between regulator and industry and acknowledge the significant improvements in safety standards since he became chair in 1999.

Accompanying Sir Bill was Lynda Thompson, Chairman of the Quarry Products Association and Mike Ogden, Vice President of CEMEX. Sir Bill highlighted that when he first took up the HSC Chair, the quarrying industry had a poor safety record with its fatality rate averaging three times that of construction.

Two years ago, the industry reported that reportable injuries had been more than halved between 2000 and 2005. For CEMEX, the visit was an opportunity to discuss the health and safety challenges its employees face every day, its accident reduction achievements and showcase the company's health and safety practices.

From 2004 to 2006, CEMEX has recorded a 76% drop in lost time injuries as a result of visible leadership, training and work involvement initiatives, such as 'Stop and Think' campaign aimed at changing behaviour. Its ambitious target is zero lost time injuries, along with the industry 'Target Zero' by 2015. Ends

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