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.
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
1. Syed Muhammad Syed Nadzir
2. Janet Lim