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Good HSET practices observed at construction sites

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, Kuching: Continuing on the news of Health, Safety, Environment and Traffic Management (HSET) practices in construction of the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, today, we are happy to share some good practices at the 11 works packages.

By no means exhaustive, the following are some practices by our sites teams worthy of commendation:

  • Ensuring the validity of certificates, crane registration and operator competencies are in place;
  • Carrying out weekly scaffolding erection inspections and checks on records;
  • Making sure the site office Bulletin Board is kept up-to-date with important and relevant information for site staff;
  • Having a well-organised and clean work environment at the site office;
  • Flagmen movement display;
  • Providing temporary access for heavy vehicles to minimise risk to road-users;
  • Goal posts installed at construction site access areas to warn drivers of overhead cables.

With compliance to standards of Health, Safety, Environment and Traffic Management a priority in the construction of the Highway, our PDP’s HSET Unit has a regular schedule of audits of practices at site.

Notices of Improvement (NOI) and Non-Conformance Reports (NCR) are issued in an effort to improve non-compliance.

In other cases, positive steps such as the Knowledge Sharing Programmes are organised to encourage contractors to adopt of a work culture which promotes “Do It Right the First Time.”

Examples of further improvements to be made at our work sites include:

  • Hot work must be carried out with the presence of portable fire extinguishers and permits;
  • Ensuring all construction personnel have valid registration certificates or CIDB Green Card;
  • Crawler crane lifting gear have safety latches;
  • Scaffolding erection is carried out by competent scaffolders;
  • Full compliance to Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) requirements;
  • Use of LPG gas and oxygen cylinders in the presence of fire extinguishers for hot work.

Indeed, the impact of construction of the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak extends to beyond providing improved road connections across Sarawak. Improving our Health, Safety, Environment and Traffic Management (HSET) practices to a higher standard is another important positive impact that the Pan Borneo Highway brings to the community.

Old habits take a while to change. It takes awareness and a commitment to build a better practice. But at least in Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak’s case, our journey to a raising the HSET bar on benchmarks has already begun.  To the site teams, “Keep Up the Good Work!”