There were no lost time injuries (LTIs) or recordable injuries (TRIs) in the week, however we have had to add an employee TRI retrospectively which occurred at the end of the previous week. The employee had to have a head wound glued after he fell backwards whilst using a high pressure water lance, striking his head on a steel beam that was behind him.
Jesus commented: “It is good to see that we didn’t have any injuries last week and reached ZERO. As I commented before, we have been through a very negative wave recently (5 TRIs in 6 weeks). It is very important that we stop this wave and stay at ZERO one more week. Please use these TRIs as a wake-up call to remind everyone that we are going through a negative trend and we need to stay focused to go back to ZERO. This is even more relevant in the context of the worse weather expected in the following weeks.”
Whilst not a CEMEX incident, there was a fatal incident within the industry last week in which a 22 year old contractor died. The facts have not been confirmed, however, we believe the young man was operating a tractor on a slope above a quarry face, stripping land and trees, when the tractor ran out of control downhill, hit a bund, rolled over and fell down the quarry face. It is too early to speculate as to the causation of the incident, however, it should remind us of the need for robust contractor management, operator competence, mobile plant inspection/maintenance and the importance of effective edge protection on haul roads and above quarry faces. Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased who must be devastated at this tragic time.