Lafarge Edmonton Plants Recognized for Health & Safety Leadership
Lafarge Canada Inc.
Over 400,000 hours of safe operation are being celebrated this week at Lafarge Canada aggregate sites in the Edmonton area (Andrew, Fort Saskatchewan, Onoway, Ponoka, Tommahawk) and at its precast concrete operation. These hours include work with industrial equipment such as conveyors, cranes, crushers, high stressed cable and 50 ton loaders all which require highly trained staff to maneuver safely.
Achieving this milestone means that beyond employees not having to miss work as a result of injury, there has not been a stitch or broken finger incurred by employees during this period which equates to approximately 780 days of work for the aggregates team and 510 days for precast. Lafarge Canada's President for Western Aggregates & Concrete, Rene Thibault recognizes such high standards with his own "President's Award" for Safety.
Mr. Thibault held special events to share congratulations and commented, "I am touched by the safety culture each group of employees embraces to work as a family and take care of one another. We specify safe work practices and provide a great deal of training, but employee's personal behavior and feeling of concern is the key to going home safely everyday."
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Lafarge S.A., together with its subsidiaries (the "Lafarge Group" or the "Group"), is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 76,000 employees in 78 countries, the Group posted sales of 16.2 billion Euros in 2010. Lafarge North America Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., ("Lafarge"), are Lafarge Group companies, and together constitute the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada.
The Lafarge Group entered the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions. The Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.