PCA Recognizes Safety At Spring Meeting In Chicago

PCA Recognizes Cement Terminals’ Safety Records

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) recognized ten cement distribution terminals with the best safety records in North America at PCA’s Spring Meeting in Chicago.

For U.S. operations, three categories with three winners each achieved this prestigious award.

The terminals honored were:

  • Lafarge North America Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa.—Less than 5,000 employee hours
  • St. Marys Cement Inc. (US)/VNCA, Toledo, Ohio—Less than 5,000 employee hours
  • Essroc Cement Corp., Palmer, Mass.—Less than 5,000 employee hours
  • Lehigh Cement Company, Doraville, Ga.—5,000 to 9,000 employee hours
  • Holcim (US) Inc., Denver, Colo. — 5,000 to 9,000 employee hours
  • Holcim (US) Inc., Memphis, Tenn.— 5,000 to 9,000 employee hours
  • Buzzi Unicem (US) Inc., Nashville, Tenn.—More than 9,000 employee hours
  • Lehigh Cement Company, Port Everglades, Fla. —More than 9,000 employee hours
  • Titan America LLC, Newark, N.J. —More than 9,000 employee hours

In a separate category for Canadian terminals, Lafarge North America Inc. in Whitefish River, Ontario, was honored.

“Employees at these facilities work to continuously improve safety and health conditions and set high standards that promote safety and health protections throughout the year,” said Brian McCarthy, PCA president and CEO.

This year the PCA the Logistic Committee reviewed the performance records of 230 terminals the United States and Canada to select the ones with the best accident performance records.

PCA Recognizes Cement Facilities’ Safety Records

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) recognized cement plants with the Chairman’s Safety Performance Awards for outstanding safety records at PCA’s Spring Meeting in Chicago.

PCA honored three plants in three categories designated by the number of hours employees collectively worked in 2009 for achieving superior safety records.

The plants were:

  • Lafarge North America Inc., Paulding, Ohio—Less than 190,000 employee hours
  • Lehigh Cement Company, Cementon, N.Y. —Less than 190,000 employee hours
  • Lehigh Cement Company, Bellingham, Wash. — Less than 190,000 employee hours
  • Lafarge North America Inc., Tulsa, Okla.— 190,000 to 270,000 employee hours
  • Lehigh Cement Company, Mitchell, Ind.— 190,000 to 270,000 employee hours
  • CalPortland, Rillito, Ariz.—190,000 to 270,000 employee hours
  • Alamo Cement Company, San Antonio, Texas—More than 270,000 employee hours
  • Holcim (US) Inc., Midlothian, Texas—More than 270,000 employee hours
  • Holcim (US) Inc., Ste. Genevieve, Mo. —More than 270,000 employee hours

“Working to continuously improve safety and health in the workplace, employees at these nine plants set a standard for safety excellence that promotes safety and health protections through the year,” said Brian McCarthy, PCA president and CEO.

This year the records of 125 portland cement plants in the United States and Canada were reviewed to determine which ones achieved the best accident records in the field.  Accidents rates were based on the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 employees.  None of these plants had an accident rate above one and several had no accidents in 2009.

PCA Recognizes Cement Plants’ Innovative 
Safety Solutions

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) recognized nine cement facilities with the 2010 PCA Safety Innovation Awards at PCA’s Spring Meeting in Chicago.

The Safety Innovation Awards, honors plants’ innovative projects that achieve the objectives of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee: to recognize and reward creative projects in the portland cement industry; to communicate these ideas to North   American cement manufacturers; and to elevate the importance of innovative solutions to safety challenges in the portland cement industry.

Cement Americas magazine, a co-sponsor of the awards, features the winning plants and their projects. The Cement Association of Canada also was an award sponsor.

The plants honored were:

  • CalPortland, Mojave, Calif.—Mill and grinding
  • GCC of America, Tijeras, N.M.—Mill and grinding
  • Ash Grove Texas LP, Midlothian, Texas— Mill and grinding
  • Ash Grove Cement Company, Seattle, Wash.— Mill and grinding
  • GCC of America, Rapid City, S.D. — Mill and grinding
  • CEMEX, Brooksville, Fla.— Pyroprocessing
  • Holcim (US) Inc., Midlothian, Texas— Pyroprocessing
  • Titan America LLC, Troutville, Va. —Distribution
  • Ash Grove Cement Company, Leamington, Utah —General facility

“Employees at these facilities have taken the time to look at a situation and figure out a way to make it better.  Their work to continuously improve safety and health conditions sets a high standard for safety and health protections through the year,” said Brian McCarthy, PCA president and CEO

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