Lafarge Canada gravel pit receives OSSGA property enhancement award

Kerry Clines

March 15, 2017

Photo: Brantford Expositor.

Lafarge Canada Inc.‘s Burford Pit earned a property enhancement award from the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (OSSGA) for improving the operation and appearance of the site, the Brantford Expositor reports. The gravel pit was one of 19 operations in Ontario to receive the association’s industry recognition awards this year. Burford Pit’s award came from improvements ton the operation’s entrance, approach and perimeter screening, office and scale house areas, employee areas, plant appearance, environmental controls, truck and mobile equipment, and signage.

“We encourage our members to be sound stewards of the lands on which they operate, and to be engaged and valued members of their communities,” Norm Cheesman, OSSGA’s executive director, told the news agency.

“We are honored to provide construction solutions that build better cities, and this includes continually striving to ensure we are integrating ourselves well into the local community,” Xavier Guesnu, Lafarge’s vice-president aggregates of Eastern Canada, told reporters. “It is important to us that our properties, and the enhancements we make to those properties, can be a source of pride for Lafarge.”

The 54.4-acre (22-hectare) pit, which is located approximately 7 kilometers west of Brantford, Ontario, was originally owned by Artimissia Prout and changed hands several times before being sold to Standard Aggregates Ltd. Lafarge acquired the property through the purchase of Standard Aggregates in 1992.

According to the news agency, Lafarge’s presentation notes that its property enhancement plan includes the following:

  • Berms of natural vegetation screening the pit act as visual and noise barriers for the surrounding community;
  • The parking lot area by the office and scale house have been fenced off to make it secure;
  • A fuel tank within the fenced-off parking lot is surrounded by concrete blocks for security;
  • The scales and surrounding area are cleaned regularly; and
  • Scrap materials are stored in separate piles to prevent stockpile contamination.

Approximately half of the site is a pond, so drag lines are used to extract underwater reserves. Berms have been installed around the pond to prevent material on the ground from running into the water . Other areas with water seepage have berms to prevent ground erosion into the water.

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