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Date 06/07/2012

Lafarge’s Midwest Mine Rescue Team Conducts Simulation Exercise as Part of June Health and Safety Month

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.


Yesterday, Lafarge North America's Mine Rescue Team, based out of the Fox River Aggregates Quarry in Chicago, Illinois, conducted a simulated mine rescue emergency drill, in coordination with Lafarge's efforts to raise safety awareness during June Health and Safety month.  Personnel from the local fire department also were onsite to participate in the drill.


The primary purpose of the drill was to test Lafarge's Midwest mine rescue team's response time to a simulated mine emergency. To accurately assess the team's ability to respond to a mine site, within the two hour time limit, the team had no prior knowledge of the drill, date or time. The team performed exceptionally well under what they thought were real emergency rescue conditions. 


The secondary purpose of this drill was to give the mine rescue team some exposure to working underground in a mine emergency, and test emergency response procedures at the mine site. The drill started first thing in the morning and following its completion, the team conducted a thorough debrief of the day's events.


"Conducting regular simulations of mine rescues is a critical element in our crisis preparedness program and is part of our Health and Safety culture," said Mario Guagnelli, Lafarge's Director of Health and Safety for the US. "I am very proud of how our team performed today.  We hope we never have to turn our practice into reality; however, that doesn't discount the importance of being prepared. Our employees deserve that," continued Guagnelli.


Joëlle Lipski-Rockwood
Director of Communications

United States
Ph: 303.895.0455


Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has approximately 400 industrial and distribution sites and 4,500 employees in 41 States in its US cement, aggregate, concrete and gypsum businesses.  Lafarge is active in local environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships including the Wildlife Habitat Council, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, Habitat for Humanity, the American Institute of Architectural Students and the National Building Museum.


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. With 68,000 employees in 64 countries, the Group posted sales of 15.3 billion Euros in 2011.  Lafarge North America Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., 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.  For the second year in a row, the Lafarge Group ranked amongst the top 10 of 500 companies evaluated by the "Carbon Disclosure Project" in recognition of the Group's strategy and actions against global warming.  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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