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Date 25/01/2012

Lafarge Exshaw Recognized for Health & Safety Leadership

Exshaw, Alberta

Lafarge Canada Inc.


Over 200,000 hours of safe operation is being celebrated this week at Lafarge Canada's Exshaw cement plant. The 150 labourers, equipment operators, millwrights, electricians, engineers and managers at the cement plant have good reason to be proud as they have worked injury free for the better part of 2011and the streak continues into 2012.


Achieving this milestone means that even the "so called", minor injuries have been avoided through safe work, good decision making, a focus on risk assessments, and a common goal to build a work culture that puts value on the safety of workers. Beyond employees not having missed even a single day work as a result of injury, there has not been a stitch, sprain or broken finger incurred by employees during this period. Lafarge Canada's President for Western Cement, Bob Cooper recognizes such high standards with his own "President's Award" for Safety.


Mr. Cooper hosted a special lunch and recognition ceremony at Exshaw's Legion Hall to share congratulations and commented, "I am so proud of the safety culture which has taken root at Exshaw. Lafarge has put a great deal of work into assuring safe work practices and providing training, but it comes down to employee's personal behavior and feeling of concern for each other that assures we all go home safely."



Jennifer Lewis

Director of Communications

Lafarge Canada Inc.



Lafarge Canada Inc.'s (LCI) has two main operating units, Western Canada and Eastern Canada. Operations in Western Canada span over half a century beginning in 1956 with the construction of a cement plant in Richmond, BC. Today, LCI - Western Canada has over 4,000 employees and 200 industrial sites in the 4 western provinces, and a sales territory with its affiliates that extends Canada-wide as well as to the Pacific Northwest and the Dakotas.

LCI is active in environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships in Western Canada including the Rocky Mountain Conservation program with WWF-Canada and a NetZero Precast Concrete home with Habitat for Humanity.


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.

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