Injury free milestone for Lafarge works

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Lafarge’s Dunbar Works has proved a renewed focus on health and safety for employees, contractors and visitors throughout 2010 by reaching the major milestone of one year without a Lost Time Injury (LTI).

Works manager Nigel Blair says more focus on safety as part of daily discussions, talking openly about safety ‘on the job’ to develop a better culture, contributed to reaching the target earlier this month.

“It’s about changing everyone’s mindset on safety” explained Nigel.

“A group of us recently went on a fact finding trip to our Northern Ireland works at Cookstown to try and understand how they have achieved almost nine years LTI free; we also took the chance to visit a Dupont site nearby which had excellent standards. These sites showed us that although we’re on the right track, there’s always more we can do.”

The achievement was celebrated in a specially laid on lunch at the works on Tuesday and a donation will be made to a local charity at the request of the sites health and safety committee.

While preventing incidents is preferable, Lafarge employees also proved they could handle an accident on site proficiently when assistant quarry manager Archie Jeffrey and mechanical craftsman Alan Richardson scooped first prize in the novice section of a first aid competition hosted recently by ScottishPower.