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Friday, March 08, 2019

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Carib Cement hosted training seminars which saw 180 third-party contracted truck drivers with the goal of promoting road safety, awareness of vulnerable users, personal health and wellness, as well as defensive driving.

The first of two seminars was held on February 23 and attended by more than 40 truck drivers. Also addressing the drivers were Alphonso Grennell of Grennell's Driving School and registered nurse Sophia Douglas.

The next seminar will be held in June which is observed as Road Safety Month in Jamaica.

Throughout February, more than 120 truck drivers across CEMEX locations in Jamaica participated in the CEMEX driving school which was led by Pedro Meneses, a master instructor from CEMEX Mexico. The driving school is comprised of nine modules with four having already been delivered. The modules are Zero Injuries for life; Life Attitudes; Regional Traffic Regulations; The Vehicle I Drive; General Causes of Accidents; Incidents and Accidents; Maintenance Basics; Blind Spots and Tyre Care. Training includes the instructor travelling on the road with the drivers to observe and provide guidance on best practices. The remaining modules will take place in the second quarter of 2019.

“Safety in all aspects of our operation is our number one priority. We conduct ongoing training because we see it also as our responsibility to promote safe behaviours among employees and all who do business with us. We want drivers to be aware of vulnerable road users and realise the benefits of safe driving. Good driving practices are safer, more efficient for the vehicle, decrease the risk of accidents, contribute to productivity, and most importantly ensure that the driver and other road users get home safely to their families, said Peter Donkersloot, general manager of Carib Cement.

In both fora drivers were exposed to 12 basic safety essentials: journey planning; seatbelts save lives; don't use mobile phones; vehicle safety checks; respect for the law and other drivers; awareness of other road users; no overtaking; watching speed; keeping a safe distance; site safety; being fit and alert; and remembering one's importance to one's family.

In addition to conducting training for truck drivers, Carib Cement is also promoting awareness among students at the primary level about road safety and particularly truck safety. Children are among those identified as vulnerable road users and are specially included in safety awareness initiatives of the CEMEX Global Supply Chain Vulnerable Road Users safety programme. Carib Cement is a member of the CEMEX group.

On Thursday, February 21, a team from Carib Cement demonstrated to all the students at Wolmer's Prep School in Kingston, the blind spots on trucks, as well as other risk factors. Students were shown inside and outside of a truck to get an understanding from both the drivers' and pedestrians' perspectives.


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