She said the aim of the Day was to get zero injuries in the workplace and urged staff to prioritise safety in their daily routine.
Manty Amanda Sewah went on to say the company produced high quality cement but in a safely manner, adding that production could only be productive where workers are assured of a safe and healthy environment, which is conducive and accident free.
She disclosed further that they have put in place very good safety measures to avoid unnecessary accident and that workers are provided with protective gears, while the Freetown Fire Force are called periodically to teach workers about how to prevent against fire accident at work.
She said there had been zero accidents since they started practicing the safety measures.
The Management and staff of Sierra Leone Cement Factory (LEOCEM) are on a week-long celebration of “Safety” which started with a symposium on 26th September- 1st October, 2016, at the company’s head office on Betts Street, Cline Town. The theme for this year’s celebration is: Work in Confined Spaces “Safety First, Safety Always”.
Managing Director Stefano Gallini said the celebration is important and remarkable to LEOCEM and that being safe is to take precaution in the work place.
He assured that the safety week would be used to sensitize workers on the need to be safe at work and at the same time engage in training programmes and quiz competitions. He said the celebration would also include outdoor activities all geared towards the enhancement of workers safety.
Mr. Gallini went on that the safety week is an annual event that is celebrated internationally and not limited to Sierra Leone alone. He said the company is not only concerned about zero fatality but zero harm as well. He said the authority to stop the company from production as a result of unsafe and unhealthy environment lies with the Safety and Health Environment Officer. He added that their responsibility as a company is to reduce the risk of pollution to a bare minimum, and that they are partnering with EPA the professional head. He said Management is making sure that workers are professionally trained to increase awareness.