Well done- CEMEX praised for cyclist safety initiative
The company was recognised in the Construction Products Association’s 2009 edition of Construction Products Innovation and Achievement (CPIA). CEMEX’s Cycling Safety initiative’s achievement in the category of health, safety and security, is one of 24 products and initiatives to be chosen for this year’s publication, which acknowledges the most innovative products and processes created by the construction products industry.
CEMEX carried out an investigation on all its large vehicles to assess the dangers posed to cyclists. This identified a particular risk of incidents at road junctions where cyclists are on the near side of vehicles turning left.
As a result of the investigation, the firm installed a number of safety features to improve visibility at the near-side blind spot and at the front of the vehicles. This included putting an additional mirror on the near side, a cyclist warning sign at the rear, and it is currently installing side under-run bars on tippers. The company is also planning to attach a proximity sensor ‘side-scan’ system to all large vehicles, to warn the driver if anything is in the danger zone to the left side of the vehicle.
CEMEX UK president, Gonzalo Galindo, said: “We are very pleased to have been included in this year’s CPIA publication. We hope that our initiative will make life safer for cyclists and other people on the road. It is important that our industry recognises and showcases innovation, and we are grateful that CPIA 2009 does this.”
With employees who drive for business more likely to be killed at work than deep sea divers or coal miners, driver safety is a vital business consideration.
Download this eBook from Driving for Better Business and SHP to cover:
- The danger of the roads;
- Comparing road safety in the UK to the rest of Europe;
- Decreasing risk: Avoiding accidents;
- Road safety best practice;
- What is fleet risk?
- Managing work-related road safety.