Employees at Rugby cement plant in Warwickshire have celebrated 365 days without accidents*. This is an all-time record for the site and beats the previous 152-day record from 2005.
Further good news is that the plant's quarries at Kensworth in Dunstable, Southam and Lodge Farm (adjacent to the plant) have exceeded this record, by remaining injury free* for eight and three years respectively.
These safety records have been achieved on the back of a major, nationwide campaign to change peoples' habits of a life-time and encourage them to stop and think before they carry out tasks. It also follows a period of stability and improved production at the works, which have contributed to develop internal pride and install a belief that excellence is achievable.
While all employees have contributed to improving safety, the company management provides visible leadership by discussing unsafe practices as part of regular work activity observation exercises. Work-related injuries and ill health incidents are preventable and it should be the right of every employee to go home unharmed at the end of a working day, which is why CEMEX has set a target of achieving ZERO Injuries in the UK as quickly as possible.
So, while the current records are good news, the people who work at the plant and associated quarries are now focussed on reaching the next milestone of no lost time injuries for the remainder of 2007.
Notes to editors:
* These figures refer to Lost Time Injuries; injuries to employees that result in absence from work.
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2. CEMEX UK CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also produces asphalt, and has a significant share of the roof tile, concrete-block paving, and concrete-block segments. Additionally, the company is the leading supplier of concrete sleepers to the rail industry and a dominant supplier of PFA cement additives.
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3. Rugby Works CEMEX's Rugby Works is one of the most modern cement plants in the world and represents a total investment of £200 million. It has the largest kiln in the UK and has a production capacity of 1.8 million tonnes of cement per annum. CEMEX supports 730 local jobs in Rugby (183 at the works), contributes £25.5 million per annum to the local economy and provides a product that is essential locally and nationally, for housing, hospitals, schools and roads. Every year Rugby produces enough cement for the construction of more than 72,000 houses (assuming that an average house contains approximately 18 tonnes of cement). For more information, please see www.cemex.co.uk/communities.