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Date 08/02/2010

Lafarge Sugar Creek Cement Plant Celebrates Remarkable Safety Milestone

Sugar Creek, MO

Lafarge North America Inc.


On July 21, 2010, Lafarge North America's Sugar Creek cement plant celebrated a remarkable safety milestone. The plant recognized its employees for working 10 years without a lost time incident or, in other words, without an incident severe enough to require an employee to miss work time.


This accomplishment is particularly significant in the construction materials industry, since on any given day employees might work with heavy machinery, large mobile equipment, high heat, confined spaces, or heights requiring tie-offs. In fact, the Lafarge Group's CEO, Bruno Lafont, flew in from the Group's headquarters in France to extend his congratulations and appreciation to the Sugar Creek employees at the morning event.


In front of employees, their families, customers and elected officials, Mr. Lafont praised the commitment and dedication the Sugar Creek employees have to health and safety - Lafarge's top priorities. "Our focus on safety can never waiver. We always must keep it as our #1 priority if we hope to reach our goal of zero accidents worldwide and rank among the safest companies in the world," said Mr. Lafont. "Ten years without a Lost Time Incident is impressive. And, to put it into context - that translates into more than two million hours worked without a lost time incident," he continued to say.


Sugar Creek Mayor Stan Salva, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) representative Robert Seelke and Lawrence G. Rebman, Director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, also were on hand to speak at the event and praise the work of Sugar Creek employees and the plant's contribution to the surrounding community.


"Safety is taken incredibly seriously at Lafarge," said Jarrod Huntley, Plant Manager at the Sugar Creek plant. "It's not a box that we tick or something that we cross off our to-do list - it is engrained in our culture and it's how we do business. It's important to each one of us and even more importantly, it's important to our families," added Huntley.


The celebration concluded with a mine rescue demonstration and a ceremonial tree planting. The Lafarge mine rescue team, wearing self-contained breathing apparatus, simulated a search and rescue of an injured miner from a flooded mine to showcase another element of Lafarge's commitment to safety.



Joëlle Lipski-Rockwood,
Communications Director


The Lafarge Group is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 78,000 employees in 78 countries, the Group posted sales of 15.9 billion Euros in 2009. Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge North America" or "Lafarge"), a Lafarge Group company, is the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada.

In 2010 and for the sixth year in a row, the Lafarge Group was listed in the "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World". With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.

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