January 22, 2018
Cemex USA held began the new year with Safety Week 2018 to promote its goal of achieving Zero4Life at its U.S. facilities. All of its operations stopped for 60-90 minutes on Tuesday, Jan. 2, so employees could participate in safety stand downs and meetings to help workers refocus and recommit to doing tasks safely every day.
“Safety is something that is embedded in everything we do at Cemex,” says Cemex USA President Ignacio Madridejos, in a press release. “We want to achieve zero recordable injuries, job-related illnesses, preventable vehicle accidents, and environmental events — Zero4Life. Safety Week encourages everyone to be involved and take action to make our work environments safer.”
During the stand downs, employees learned about the LIFE cycle of Action-Based Safety, which encourages employees to Learn, Identify, Fix, and Engage in safety. Employees are encouraged to use their personal experiences and the experiences of others to Learn about potential safety hazards, Identify potential hazards in their work areas, Fix those hazards to protect themselves and others, and Engage others by sharing their experiences.
“Action-Based Safety helps reinforce Cemex’s Health & Safety Management System, and the LIFE cycle helps build on that,” says Guillermo Martinez-Sans, Cemex USA’s executive VP, Human Resources and Communications, in the press release. “It encourages all our employees to be more proactive and keep an active safety dialogue so we can make sure workers at our facilities go home safe.”
Employees were also given special Take 5 Hazard Assessment booklets to get them to stop, think, and act when approaching job sites. The booklets encourage employees to pay extra attention to safety when it comes to possible hazards, including fall risks, traffic concerns, and environmental threats.
“Employees need to analyze every location to make sure they stay safe,” says Alan MacVicar, Cemex USA’s VP of Health & Safety, in the press release. “By doing these hazard assessments, potential safety risks can be quickly identified and fixed.”