Lafarge Malayan Cement Drivers and Transporters Recognized for Excellence in Road Safety
22 June 2008, Kuala Lumpur. A total of 30 drivers and four transport companies were recognized at an awards ceremony during Lafarge Malayan Cement’s (LMC) Logistics Safety Conference 2008. The awards were given in recognition of their excellent performance in road safety and customer service. The highest award, the “Most Improved Transporter in Safety and Service”, was awarded to Bintang Bulk Mover Sdn Bhd.
“Safety is Lafarge’s first priority, and this includes road safety in our plants, on the road and at customer sites,” said LMC President & CEO, Bi Yong Chungunco, when addressing the conference that was attended by about 300 management staff of transport companies and drivers working for the cement producer. The conference was organised as part of LMC’s Safety Month from 28 May to 30 June 2008 and in conjunction of Lafarge’s global Safety Month initiative.
“We are encouraged by the tremendous progress that we are making in transforming the attitudes of drivers towards safe driving on the road, whilst delivering our materials. This is clearly testimony of our driver development programmes that focus on defensive driving and behavioural change to instil professionalism among drivers.
“This year, we expanded the scope to include customer service training, targeting 600 drivers, in our quest to deliver higher quality services to our customers,” she added.
“We are pleased to note good progress here, with some of our transporters now employing full time safety personnel and establishing dedicated health and safety departments within their respective organisations,” said Bi Yong.
Sim Say Kiong, Director of Research and Planning, Road Safety Department, Ministry of Transport, who was the Guest-of-Honour at the conference said: “Accidents involving commercial vehicles, particularly buses and trucks is alarming, with the figure rising by 25.35% in the last five years.”
“Given the rising number of accidents, the cabinet has called all transporters to implement the Code of Practice (SHE) introduced by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety and with full support from transportation sector, especially with companies such as Lafarge Malayan Cement,” he added.
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Lafarge Malayan Cement Berhad (LMCB) is the leader in Malaysia’s cement industry. Incorporated in 1950, it built the country’s first cement plant in 1953. Today, LMCB is the parent of a group of companies in Malaysia and Singapore with core businesses in the manufacture and sale of cement, ready-mixed concrete and other related building materials. LMCB employs more than 1,500 people and operates 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. LMCB is proud to serve Malaysia for the past 58 years and is committed to the sustainable growth of the nation’s building industry.
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Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 90,000 employees in 76 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 17.6 billion and net income of Euros 1.9 billion in 2007. Lafarge is the only company in the construction materials sector to be listed in the 2008 ‘100 Global Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’. Lafarge has been committed to sustainable development for many years, pursuing a strategy that combines industrial know-how with performance, value creation, respect for employees and local cultures, environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources and energy. To make advances in building materials, Lafarge places the customer at the heart of its concerns. It offers the construction industry and the general public innovative solutions bringing greater safety, comfort and quality to their everyday surroundings.
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