Carib Cement to train over 180 truck drivers in its network
Carib Cement General manager Peter Donkersloot (left) examines one of the five breathalyzers that were recently handed over to the Road Safety Unit as Transport Minister Robert Montague looks on.
Carib Cement General manager Peter Donkersloot says that as part of a global industrial corporation (CEMEX Group), the company is acutely concerned with ensuring safety.
A core pillar of our operation in Jamaica and around the world is safe. We care about the safety of our employees, suppliers, visitors to the plant and everyone who interacts with any aspect of our business,” Donkersloot said.
Donkersloot was speaking at the official presentation of five breathalysers to the Road Safety Unit at the Ministry of Transport and Mining on Tuesday.
He further outlined road safety as a critical aspect of CEMEX’ global safety policy – particularly to increase road safety awareness and skills among children.
“Children are among the most vulnerable road users and our team visits schools to talk with children, demonstrate to them potential road risks and how to be aware,” he said.
The general manager added that the company also interacts regularly with truck drivers on road safety.
“With the truckers who do business with us, we have an ongoing programme of training and incentives to guide behaviour and emphasize safety. The reason for this is simple, we want everyone to be safe on the road and to return home safely to their families.”
The company has, since 2016, hosted training programmes for truck drivers covering such areas as protecting vulnerable road users; safe management of a road-side breakdown; defensive driving techniques; anger management; and customer service and empathy. This year, the training will include fatigue management and journey planning.
Donkersloot said that the company will this year initiate a driving school for the over 180 drivers in the network.
With regards to the breathalysers, the GM said that the devices are used by CEMEX at its plants globally – with each entrant, whether employee or visitor doing a quick breathalyzer test.
“It is simply safer for everyone to be sure that the person who is either operating equipment, working in an industrialized area or driving – whether a car or a large truck is not under the influence of alcohol.” Donkersloot said the breathalysers, which were introduced to the Jamaican operations in 2018, have so far been well received.”
Donkersloot says Carib Cement was pleased to partner with the Road Safety Unit, which had identified the breathalysers as being a positive addition to its own programmes. He gave the company’s commitment to continuing to work to emphasize greater safety for all.
Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague said the ministry was pleased to receive the donation form Carib Cement. Particularly as a major user of the nation’s roadways.
It is in their interest to ensure that other users of the road are not under the influence of alcohol and that our roads are safe.”
Minister Montague further commended the company on the far-reaching initiative of establishing a driver education and training school, a move he urged other fleet owners to emulate.