ARAWAK CEMENT CELEBRATES A YEAR ACCIDENT FREE
The island’s sole cement manufacturer, Arawak Cement Company Limited has achieved a major safety milestone of one-year accident free.
This achievement was recognised at a luncheon held recently during the which the company treated all staff and contractors to a sumptuous buffet lunch and branded gifts. General Manager Manuel Toro congratulated the staff and emphasised that safety was top priority for the CEMEX when it took over the operations in St Lucy noting the importance of the company slogan Zero4Life.
Toro, Group Safety Director for TCL, Ray Parrott, Arawak Cement Safety Specialist, Seema Juman and Operations Manager, Raul Bustamante and Barbados Workers’ Union shop steward Primera Moore all lauded the staff and contractors for their major achievement. Moore spoke of the value of the safety initiatives to the workers.
Parrott who came to Barbados for the Recognition Luncheon disclosed that the Arawak Cement Company was the only company in the TCL Group to achieve over a year accident free.
Bustamante noted that the company had a very simple desire to ensure that all staff were able to go home safely to their families. This simple concept was one that resonated with staff who are encouraged to “Take Five” to prepare so that they can put safety first in everything they do.
Shane Cumberbatch, National Union of Public Workers shop steward confirmed the impact on workers of the concept of going home safely to one’s family and paid tribute to the Arawak Cement Company’s genuine commitment to safety based on the reports from her colleagues.
While recognising that safety has always been a focus at Arawak, Cumberbatch lauded the more recent initiatives noting that “it has taken upward and onward steps, and they have seen the safety culture change, such that safety now takes centre stage“.
“It has worked to let us know management’s stance where safety is concerned, that safety comes first, then production and so on, and we are indeed pleased about this. It has worked to foster an atmosphere where staff within the organisation feel valued. Supporting this atmosphere is the personalisation of the safety message.” Cumberbatch noted.
The NUPW Shop Steward recounted how surprised she was to receive a personal safety letter at home from Arawak Cement. She also expressed the workers’ appreciation of the many other safety initiatives undertaken by the company that had contributed to the excellent safety record. These include floor repairs, erection of pedestrian barricades, “tool box” talks, enhanced protective gear, safety education, driver training and the internal Zero4 Life campaign focusing on Zero incidents, Zero accidents, Zero loss of life.