Cement Americas

APR 2019

Cement Americas provides comprehensive coverage of the North and South American cement markets from raw material extraction to delivery and tranportation to end user.

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www.cementamericas.com • Spring 2019 • CEMENT AMERICAS 29 FEATURE Cemex's Victorville Cement Plant is focused on safe- ty achievement. The transformation of its safety culture occurred in three main steps: First, they recognized and admitted to themselves they deserved to be a safety hot spot and had no one to blame but themselves. Second, a Health & Safety Management System Audit demonstrated engagement was a primary factor contrib- uting to its safety record. Plant leadership ensured that demonstrated safety was more important than anything else and engaged their team in doing the same. Finally, the team focused on executing proactive safety work, including increasing VFLs and Safety Improvement Cards and planning and executing safety improvement projects. Daily risk assessments and hazard mitigation programs, such as JHAs, Standard Work, Take 5's and All Safe Exercises, contribute greatly to keeping people safe. With all its successes, the Victorville team will tell you the only record that matters is completing today safe. "Safety has no memory," said Carlos Uruchurtu, Cemex USA vice president cement manufacturing–West Region. "Every day is a new day with new challenges. The team has to be ready, vigilant and remain engaged in recognizing and eliminating hazards to be successful." Desert Air Quality Management District. "We are honored to partner with a company whose facili- ty has been a mainstay in the Victor Valley Community for more than 100 years," said Brad Poiriez, executive director of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. "To see a company with such history embrace the future and the environment through this emission-reducing technolo- gy is very gratifying. We hope other local organizations fol- low suit." Specializing in Safety

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