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Total man hours without LTI set to zero

Thursday, 3 May 2018, Kuching: The LBU top management has decided to reset the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak’s overall cumulative safe man hours to zero following a fatal accident that occurred at works package 6 (Sungai Awik Bridge-Bintangor Junction) on March 26 this year.

This is despite the whole project which was about to achieve its 20mil safe man hours target by the end of this year, after having clocked in a total of 19,926,523 hours without lost time injury (LTI) one day before the fatal accident.

While this latest decision may hamper the jubilation of the whole team which was about to achieve the 20mil target soon, the LBU top management insisted the overall safe man hours had to be reset to show the Project Delivery Partner’s commitment and strict compliance to health, safety, environment and traffic management (HSET).

With this latest decision, the overall safe man hours clocked in for the project as of April 25 was 2,099,915 with a new target of 12mil to achieve by the end of the year.

On November 30 last year, the project which started in 2015 celebrated its 10mil safe man hours in a big do at Telok Melano-Sematan (WPC01) works package.

During the event, LBU chief executive officer Ir. Safuani Abdul Hamid threw the challenge to all the 11 works packages to achieve the 20mil mark.

LBU head of support services Azman Hashim said there was no clear guideline from the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) on this issue except the penalty of 48,000 hours deduction.

“Although we can decide not to reset the number to zero because the fatal accident was caused by a third-party road user, the Management, after much considerate eventually decided to start everything from zero to reflect its highest commitment to ensure that nothing is compromised when it comes to the HSET,” said LBU head of support services Azman Hashim.

LBU chief executive officer Ir. Safuani Abdul Hamid had on several occasions stressed that the safe work culture must not be compromised and neglected and should be taken seriously by contractors to ensure their workers are safe and being protected.

No job, he stressed is worth a single life and hence, every contractor must play a role to ensure it adheres strictly to good HSE practises.