February 22, 2018
Cemex USA announced that three of its cement plants — Balcones Cement Plant in New Braunfels, Texas; Demopolis Cement Plant in Demopolis, Ala.; and Knoxville Cement Plant in Knoxville, Tenn. — reached a milestone by working more than 1,000 days without a lost-time injury (LTI).
“Our team members at these plants need to be commended, because they show our goal of Zero4Life is possible,” says Cemex USA President Ignacio Madridejos in a press release. “At Cemex, there is nothing more important than the health and safety of our employees, and by putting safety first each day, these teams are leading by example.”
“It takes a team effort to reach this milestone, and we congratulate the plants for setting the standard when it comes to safety,” says Dr. Hugo Bolio, Cemex USA’s Executive Vice President, Cement Operations and Technology, in the press release. “They are shining examples in the industry of what is possible when everyone is committed to the goal.”
Every January, Cemex USA holds its annual Safety Week, in which all employees recommit to Stop, Think and Act, when it comes to safety. Safety Week begins with Safety Stand Downs, where all work stops for 60 to 90 minutes at each facility so employees can pay special attention to safety.
“Our employees look out for each other, and we are a big family,” says Demopolis Cement Plant Manager Alejandro Perez in the press release. “Everything starts with safety. We have daily safety meetings, because we all have someone at home waiting for us.”
“We are engaged with our employees each day when it comes to safety, because it’s the right thing to do,” says Knoxville Plant Manager Kevin Kelley in the press release. “We want to make sure everyone knows how to safely perform their tasks for the day and what personal protective equipment (PPE) they will need and why. We want to make safety a way of life.”
“Balcones has 126 employees at our plant, and each recognizes the importance of safety,” Balcones Cement Plant Manager Antonio De Luca says in the press release. “Our employees are constantly working to identify and fix any potential hazards they may encounter so we can continue to add to the milestone.”