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NOV 2014

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Cemex has launched a 1.5‐megawatt solar power plant to supply renewable energy to its cement plant in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, according to the Dominican Today. The company said the initiative is part of its commitment to sustainability, to contribute to reduce its carbon footprint and mitigate the impact on climate change. "The contribu‐ tion represents 1.5 megawatts that will allow us to produce 2.2 million kilowatt‐hours per year, which equals the energy consumed by 2,000 homes," said Jesus García Cárdenas, Cemex cement plant operations director. The unit is comprised of 5,040 high‐tech panels with invert‐ ers that capture sunlight and convert it into energy, leading to a significant reduction in fossil fuels consumption. "Cemex, in adherence to its carbon emissions reduction strategy, continues looking for new opportunities to in‐ www.rockproducts.com ROCK products • NOVEMBER 2014 49 the plant control room to report the accident and to con‐ tact 911. Emergency Medical Services arrived at the plant at 8:55 a.m. and transported Santana to Bayfront Health Brooksville Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:06 a.m. The cause of death was attributed to multiple blunt force injuries. MSHA investigators conducted a root cause analysis and identified two causes: 1) Management failed to ensure the operator of the front‐end loader maintained control of the loader at all times while the loader was in opera‐ tion, specifically while haul trucks were unloading raw materials at the materials storage building. No safe op‐ erating procedures had been established to ensure com‐ munications between the incoming truck drivers and the front‐end loader operators. 2) Management did not ensure that site‐specific hazard awareness training was provided for contract truck drivers, including the victim, delivering raw materials to the plant. To correct this, management established safe operating procedures for mobile equipment operators and incom‐ ing haul truck drivers bringing raw materials to the mate‐ rials storage building. The procedures include the use of hand held radios for communication between the front‐ end loader operator and the haul truck drivers. Cameras and sensors will be installed on the front‐end loaders. All mobile equipment operators and haul truck drivers were instructed in these safe operating procedures. Cemex Plant Runs on Solar Energy

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