Chemor, 29 November 2012
A tanker truck transporting pulverised fuel ash (PFA) from Kapar Power Plant collided with a passenger car which resulted in serious injuries to the driver and passengers of the car, minor injury to the truck driver and spillage of PFA on the road – and a coordinated effort by the multiple local government agencies to save lives and contain the situation ensued. That was the scenario on 29 November 2012 when members of the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia, the Royal Malaysian Police, Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research, Department of Environment, Public Works Department, Road Safety Department — along with Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun and the neighbouring local agencies — performed a real-time mock emergency response exercise.
The purpose of the 45-minute mock drill was to ensure the preparedness for any emergency to allow the rescue teams and prepare responders to practice and improve their emergency responses time, the rescue of injured victims, traffic control and able to contain minimal impact to the environment in the event of a real situation.
“In emergency management, we always ‘plan for the worst and hope for the best’,” said Paul Yap, Vice President, Supply Chain, Lafarge Malaysia. “It’s important that we create a scenario for all types of possibilities,” Yap added.
Ian Pughsley, Vice President, Health & Safety of Lafarge Malaysia, said, “We will review how the exercise went, note the good work that was done, as well as the areas for improvement, and provide additional training and equipment in the areas needed. It is a part of the proactive emergency preparedness culture we have nurtured here in Lafarge.”
This was the first time that Lafarge Malaysia conducted its Crisis Management exercise on such a large scale by involving almost all the government agencies. At the same time, by collaborating mock exercises like these with the government agencies, Lafarge Malaysia desires to foster closer working relationship, and in the event of real emergency crisis, be able to manage the situation better with them.
In addition, Lafarge Malaysia integrates with the local community where it operates and places great importance on health and safety issues, and this mock drill exercise was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility to its stakeholders.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Lafarge Malayan Cement Berhad was incorporated in 1950 and it built the country’s first cement plant in 1953. Lafarge is the leader in Malaysia's building materials industry. Currently, Lafarge operates three integrated cement plants, a cement grinding station, 34 ready-mixed concrete plants, five aggregates quarries and employs over 1,500 people. Lafarge offers a range of cement and concrete products and other building materials, for sustainable developments in infrastructure, residential, commercial and public works. Through its commitment to the development of materials and the advancement of sustainable construction systems, Lafarge Malaysia is poised to become “The Preferred Supplier of Sustainable Solutions to Build Malaysia Together”.
Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.com.my.
Located in 64 countries with 68,000 employees, Lafarge is a world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in its Cement, Aggregates & Concrete businesses. In 2011, Lafarge posted sales of 15.3 billion euros. 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. With the world’s leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.
Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.com.
Syed Muhammad Syed Nadzir