Lafarge Malaysia Drives Health &amp- Safety Beyond Work

23.06.2013
 

23 June 2013, Selangor - Lafarge Malaysia Berhad (formerly known as Lafarge Malayan Cement Berhad) held it’s Drivers’ Safety Day today. The event, officiated by Deputy Minister of Transport Malaysia, Yang Berhomat Datuk Ab. Aziz Kaprawi, followed a month dedicated to Health and Safety where activities at plants and operation sites were organized to promote a safety culture amongst Lafarge employees and contractors.

 

Lafarge Malaysia has been organising the Drivers’ Safety Day annually since 2005, and this year’s theme was “Health & Safety Beyond Work”, emphasising that health and safety should be observed at all times whether at work or at home. The day saw employees, transporters, truck drivers and their spouses who come from all over the country to gather at the event which awarded the top performing transporters and drivers for their dedication and effort in abiding by Lafarge’s strict Road Transport Health & Safety Policy.

 

On the significance of the event, Bradley Mulroney, President & Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge Malaysia said, “At Lafarge Malaysia, Health & Safety is a priority and drives our approach to business. We believe that health & safety responsibilities extend beyond the production sites to the complete supply chain, including customer sites as well as third party contractors. We dedicate the month of June every year to recognising this, and the Drivers’ Safety Day is one of the unique programmes that promote road and transport safety. I am delighted to see the great turnout today and would like to commend all employees for their involvement in the programme.”

 

Lafarge trucks travel approximately 50 million kilometres annually, or about 140,000 kilometres daily, a distance equivalent to travelling around the globe 3 times. Ensuring the safety of our truckers and drivers, and the larger community, is therefore a huge responsibility that the company takes very seriously. As such, Lafarge has in place systems and processes to mitigate risks that our drivers are susceptible to. For example, we track the driving behaviour of our drivers, set and monitor speed limits and the weight of vehicles, and even ensure that all our drivers wear 3-point seat belts with reflective strips.

The company has implemented an electronic journey management system which identifies high risk roads and risk factors such as sharp bends and accident-prone zones. Data on road risks are also communicated regularly to our drivers to enable them to take precautionary action to mitigate accidents where necessary.
 
“We aspire to be one of the safest organisations in Malaysia, with our goal to have zero fatalities and virtually eliminate lost-time incidents for our employees and contractors. One example of how we continually raise the bar in health and safety is the GPS system that we recently installed in our trucks and transport vehicles. This system tracks journey data such as driving speeds and harsh braking. As we grow our business, we will continue to emphasise the importance of health and safety and ensure that it continues to be a top priority at Lafarge Malaysia,” Bradley added.

 

Moving forward, Lafarge will continue to work with the Government to address the issue of road safety and further enhance its strategic collaboration through providing drivers training and the sharing of best practices amongst others.

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Lafarge Malaysia Berhad
Lafarge Malaysia Berhad (formerly known as Lafarge Malayan Cement Berhad) is the parent of a group of companies in Malaysia and Singapore whose core businesses are in the manufacturing and sale of cement, ready-mixed concrete, aggregates and other related building materials. Lafarge Malaysia is the leader in the cement industry in Malaysia, operating a nationwide network of facilities that includes three integrated cement plants in Langkawi, Kanthan and Rawang, a grinding plant in Pasir Gudang and distribution channels by road, rail and sea. Lafarge Malaysia is also one of the leading ready-mixed concrete companies in Malaysia with more than 30 batching plants throughout Peninsular Malaysia. Additional information is available at www.lafarge.com.my


About Lafarge
A world leader in building materials, Lafarge 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, it 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. With the world’s leading building materials research facility, Lafarge 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 Lafarge 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 Lafarge's website: www.lafarge.com

 

CONTACTS
MEDIA RELATIONS

1. Syed Muhammad Syed Nadzir
    Public Affairs Director
    Lafarge Malaysia Berhad
    Email : syed-muhammad.syed-nadzir@lafarge.com

 

2. Janet Lim
    Manager, Investor Relations & Communications
    Lafarge Malaysia Berhad
    Email: janet.lim@lafarge.com