The winners of the 3rd Blue Helmet Occupational Safety and Health Contest organised by Turkish Ready Mixed Concrete Association in order to inform, raise awareness, encourage and measure the sufficiency of the facilities that operate in the sector, were announced.
Turkish Ready Mixed Concrete Association (THBB) have came forward with a project that would set an example to the world in Turkey where 1626 workers lost their lives due to the occupational accidents in the year of 2014. The 3rd Blue Helmet Awards were presented to their owners. This event is organised by THBB in order to promote occupational safety and health in the sector.
The THBB’s Chairman Yavuz Işık spoke on the ceromony and invited every Ready Mixed Concrete Firm to open up their facilities to supervision. In his speech the Chairman stressed out the fact that every member of the THBB produces in compliance with the EU standarts and said “Over a quarter century, as the Association we have been working in to lay the foundation of high quality, safe and solid buildings in order to protect our future. Every single member of our Association produces in compliance with the EU standarts in order to keep up with this success. With all that, our members completely fulfil the technical, enviromental, occupational health and safety, legal and ethical criterias. With the occasion of this event that we’ve organised for the 3rd time, we would like to raise awareness of the companies by increasing their sensitivity towards occupational safety.”
After the audition executed by senior auditors, ÇİMSA Silifke Ready Mixed Concrete Facility was selected the first, ÇİMSA Çukurhisar Ready Mixed Concrete Facility was selected the second. The third place was shared between four facilities: BETONSA Kemerburgaz Ready Mixed Concrete Facility, BETONSA Samsun Ready Mixed Concrete Facility, ONUR BETON Babaeski Ready Mixed Concrete Facility and SELKA Eskişehir Ready Mixed Concrete Facility.
Also, BURSA CONCRETE İnegöl Ready Mixed Concrete Facility, İSTON Göztepe Ready Mixed Concrete Facility, İSTON Tuzla Ready Mixed Concrete Facility and VOTORANTİM Başarpınar Ready Mixed Concrete Facility were awareded with the Blue Helmet Occupational Safety and Health award.
Regarding the Blue Helmet Occupational Safety and Health Contest that is organized in order to avoid occupational accidents that is widely seen in the construction sector, by underlining the value of human life and avoiding negligence, THBB Chairman Yavuz Işık stated that, “Occupational Safety and Health is considered one of the most important issues over the world. According to the official records, every year around 270 million of occupational accidents occur. By being aware of this situation, occupational safety and health has been a priority for our association ever since our foundation. Unfortunately the construction sector is a sector where severe occupational accidents can be experienced a lot. Our sector is one of the major branches of the industry and our sector is in the scope of “Hazardous Work Regulations” and classified as “dangerous”. In accordance with the insvestigations we have made, we have reached into the conclusion that most of the deathly occupational accidents occurin our sector and we could not stay indifferent to that. That’s why, we have invited our Association Members to the Blue Helmet Occupational Safety and Health Awards Conctest. By the help of this contest we are going to do our part at minimum and we aim to prevent the occupational accidents in our sector, inform the facilities regarding to occupational safety and health, encourage them and measure the sufficiency of those facilities.
Işık stated that the occupational accidents ratio between the developed countries and the developing countries is huge and informed about the statistics as follows: “According to the Turkey Social Security Institution’s report, in the year of 2013, 1360 workers have lost their lives because of the occupational accidents while in the year of 2014 this number went up to 1626 which makes more than a %20 of increase. A research called “Occupational Accidents and Health Problems” that has been conducted on 2007 for the first time was contucted second time in our country in 2013. When the results of this research examined, one can understand that the construction sector with terms of work accidents in on the third place with a ration of %4,3. Our Association tries to inform the facilities in terms of occupational safety, encourages and to measures the sufficiency of the facilities. It is essential to develop standarts that prevents occupational accidents and deaths.”
THE WINNERS OF 3rd BLUE HELMET OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH AWARDS
ÇİMSA (ÇİMSA ÇİMENTO SAN. TİC. A.Ş.) SİLİFKE READY MIXED CONCRETE PLANT
ÇİMSA (ÇİMSA ÇİMENTO SAN. TİC. A.Ş.) ÇUKURHİSAR READY MIXED CONCRETE PLANT
BETONSA (AKÇANSA ÇİMENTO SAN. VE TİC. A.Ş.) KEMERBURGAZ READY MIXED CONCRETE PLANT
BETONSA (AKÇANSA ÇİMENTO SAN. VE TİC. A.Ş.) SAMSUN READY MIXED CONCRETE PLANT
ONUR BETON (ONUR İNŞAAT MALZ. SANAYİ VE TİCARET A.Ş.) BABAESKİ READY MIXED CONCRETE PLANT
SELKA (SELKA HAZIR BETON TİCARET VE SANAYİ A.Ş.) ESKİŞEHİR READY MIXED CONCRETE PLANT
BLUE HELMET OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH AWARD
BURSA BETON (BURSA BETON SANAYİ VE TİCARET A.Ş.) İNEGÖL READY MIXED CONCRETE PLANT
İSTON (İSTON İSTANBUL BETON ELEM. VE HB FABRİKALARI SAN. VE TİC. A.Ş.) GÖZTEPE READY MIXED CONCRETE PLANT
İSTON (İSTON İSTANBUL BETON ELEM. VE HB FABRİKALARI SAN. VE TİC. A.Ş.) TUZLA READY MIXED CONCRETE PLANT
VOTORANTİM (VOTORANTİM ÇİM. SAN. VE TİC. A.Ş.) BAŞAKPINAR READY MIXED CONCRETE PLANT
Regarding the Turkish Ready Mixed Concrete Association Blue Helmet Occupational Safety and Health Awards Contest
Construction Sector is a sector that severe work accidents can be experienced a lot. The ready mixed concrete sector is one of the most major branches of the countruction sector and it is in the scope of “Hazardous Work Regulations” and classified as “dangerous”.More than 38 thousand people are working in the the ready mixed concrete facilities in our country. The Occupational Safety issue plays an important role as the ready mized concrete sector grows rapidly.
This is why THBB decided to organize Blue Helmet Occupational Safety and Health Awards Contest in order to inform, raise awareness, encourage and measure sufficiency amongst actively operating ready mixed concrete facilities. All of the ready mixed concrete firms were invited to the contest that would set an example to the other sectors.
About Turkish Ready Mixed Concrete Association
Turkish Ready Mixed Concrete Association (THBB) is a professional organization that has endeavored for the production of concrete complying with the standards to construct the reliable and resistant structures and for the use of concrete in high resistance classes in the concrete applications conforming to the standards especially in the areas with high earthquake risk since 1988. It is mandatory for the companies wanting to be a member of THBB, which has been a full member of the European Ready Mixed Concrete Organization (ERMCO) since 1991, to conduct production in compliance with the standards in all their ready-mixed concrete plants, to have received a QAS Certificate of Conformity having had their Quality Assurance System subjected to continuous spot checking, to possess an appropriate laboratory, and to fulfill the technical, environmental, legal, and ethical criteria as well as the criteria relating to work health and workers safety in a complete manner.