A JOB with one of the Peak District’s biggest employers is safe as houses – and to prove it workers manning the giant kilns at Hope Cement Works are celebrating going two years without any of them needing time off after an accident.
The factory has helped owner Lafarge achieve its best safety record, with the number of injuries occuring at its sites falling by 90 per cent since 2008.
The team at Hope has also operated one of its two kilns – the giant steel cylinders in which raw limestone and shale are burned to produce cement – for more than 2,000 hours non-stop.
Only six other Lafarge cement works in the world have achieved such a run without having to stop for routine or other maintenance.
Hope works manager Ashley Bryan said: “Safety is always our number one priority and it is credit to the whole team here that we have achieved two years without experiencing a lost time injury on site to either an employee or contractor.”