Lafarge safety initiative commended
First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
Use of blue cones on the ground to mark potential overhead obstructions has helped Lafarge Contracting to win national recognition from the UK’s Institute of Highways and Transportation. The initiative took the highly commended spot in the health and safety at work category of the institute’s annual awards.
Judges called it an “exceptional addition to on-site health and safety management” and said, “This is a simple but very effective system that clearly identifies a real hazard to those working within the industry. The cone system is easy to implement, requires little workforce training, is immediately recognisable by operatives and could be universally adopted by the industry.”
The blue cones were the brainchild of Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK contracting operations manager, Steve Tinkler. He wanted to raise awareness among delivery drivers about overhead site obstructions. “We recognised one of the biggest dangers on site was the drivers of delivery vehicles being unaware of overhead site obstructions,” he said.