Lafarge conducts workshop for masons
Lafarge Mahaweli Cement recently held a workshop for masons to
sensitize on how to increase their work productivity and quality
standards through the use of innovative and secure methods of working.
The workshop, which was also in line with Lafarge’s global objective
to prevent accidents through awareness and safe behaviour, was held at
the ‘Riverdale Resort’ in Aluthgama. A large number of senior Masons
with over 15 years experience in building construction around the
Aluthgama area, participated in the workshop.
Sunil Kapuge, expert in the construction profession addressing the
workshop said that not only should masons concentrate on using modern
methods but they also needed to ensure that they were working in secure
conditions. Senaka Gunathilake, Area Sales Manager for Lafarge commented
that since masons work in a high risk industry, with no life insurance
to fall back , it is necessary for them to ensure that their work
techniques and environs are secure.
Masons participating in the programme also said that the workshop was
extremely timely as there is lot of activity in the construction
industry across the country. They learned several new ways of
approaching their work- and reinforced the importance of the health and
safety aspects in their daily work.
Another factor highlighted by Sunil Kapuge was that today there is a
scarcity of youth coming forward to adapt this vocation as a profession;
and by introducing proper standards it could become a vocation many Sri
Lankan youth would find desirable.
By assisting in the development of the Masonry industry in Sri Lanka,
Lafarge Mahaweli is also working in line with the national plan to
create a highly proficient and employable workforce in the country. A
number of senior officials and members of staff of Lafarge Mahaweli
Cement Pvt. Ltd. were present at the workshop.