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Date 06/27/2013

Lafarge Employees Bring Good Workplace Health & Safety Habits Home

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.

 

Lafarge North America put an extra focus on best practices in health and safety this month as the Company celebrated its sixth annual Health & Safety Month. Sites across the United States held special events to highlight this year's theme, "At home, at work - make the link," and encouraged employees to take home concepts and best practices used at work and apply them in ways that make sense at home, with their families, and out in their communities.

 

"We have a strong culture of health and safety at Lafarge" says John Stull, CEO, Lafarge U.S. "While we utilize safe work practices all year long, Health & Safety Month is an annual opportunity to celebrate our successes and to review safety protocols such as regular safety training for new and seasoned employees alike and field-level risk assessments to ensure that best practices are consistently applied throughout the Company. This year we focused on ways to translate our workplace safety culture into our personal lives to keep our loved ones healthy and safe."

 

For example, the Brooklyn cement distribution terminal in New York hosted local businesses and truck drivers at a health and safety event, providing handouts on the dangers of distracted driving as well as safety items that can be used in the home, such as safety glasses and work gloves. At the Lafarge quarry in Rosiclare, Illinois, the State Police gave a distracted driving presentation followed by an open discussion session. Employees were encouraged to share what they learned with friends and family members and use safe driving practices every time they get behind the wheel.

 

In addition to this month's emphasis on safety at home, Lafarge sites focused on personal and environmental health basics, including good housekeeping practices, annual physicals, healthy eating, and use of personal protection and self-defense. The Lafarge site in Joliet, Illinois hosted a health and safety day that began with wellness checks for employees and their families. First responders were on-hand to share information on safety practices and demonstrate the work they do, which included a bomb-diffusing robot demonstration by the Cook County Bomb Squad.

Contact:

Joëlle Lipski-Rockwood,
Communications Director

United States
Ph: 303.895.0455

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has more than 260 industrial and distribution sites and approximately 3,400 employees in 40 States in its U.S. cement, aggregate, concrete and gypsum businesses. Lafarge U.S. is an operating unit of Lafarge North America Inc. Lafarge is active in local environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships including the Wildlife Habitat Council, the World Wildlife Fund, 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 and employs 65,000 people in 64 countries, and posted sales of €15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, the Group contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected.  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.

With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. Since 2010, the Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark in recognition of its sustainable development actions. More information is available on the Lafarge Group's website: www.lafarge.com

 

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