A CEMENT manufacturer is celebrating a major safety milestone at its factory.
Lafarge Tarmac's Cauldon plant has achieved five years with no Lost Time Injuries.
The news comes as the firm has to decide whether to sell the facility or a sister site in Buxton.
Plant manager at Cauldon, Allan Ruxton, said: "Safety is our most important priority, so I'm really pleased that we have reached this milestone.
"It is a fantastic achievement and I'm extremely proud of the team. Making cement is a high-tech operation involving up to 150 people and round the clock activities, which illustrates the complex processes and safety issues that we have to address.
"We firmly believe that no job should be done if it cannot be completed safely.
"Everyone at Cauldon has worked incredibly hard to maintain our focus on safety and health
"Their continued dedication and vigilance has been central in achieving this record."
The Cauldon works employs around 150 people from across the district.
The company also supports several organisations from across the Staffordshire Moorlands.
However, the factory is presently the subject of a final report issued by the Competition Commission, which states that Lafarge Tarmac has to decide to sell either its Cauldon Works or its sister Tunstead Cement Plant, in Buxton.
The commission said the decision will open the way for a fifth cement producer in Great Britain in order to increase competition across the market.
The move comes after Lafarge and Tarmac merged at the beginning of last year, with the commission stating that steps should be taken to boost competition in the UK's cement sector.
Mr Ruxton, said: "We think the Competition Commission has got it wrong.
"Cauldon is a great plant, with a skilled and dedicated workforce.
"We will continue to focus on safety, customers, the community and running the plant efficiently and believe this is the best way to safeguard our future."
It is expected that the decision will not be made for some time.