Monday, 9 July 2018, Kuching: The Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project has achieved a total of 237,706 cumulative safe man hours as of second quarter (Q2) this year.
This is despite the project, comprising 11 works packages, having achieved an impressive total of 19,926,523 cumulative safe man hours as of Q1 this year when the project was on its way to achieve its 20 million target by the end of this year since the project started in 2015.
However, three fatal accidents due to third party negligence occurred - two at Works Package 06 (Sungai Awik Bridge-Bintangor Junction) on March 26 and June 21 respectively, and one at Works Package 11 (Sungai Tangap-Pujut Link Road) on May 16 – resulting in the drastic drop of cumulative safe man hours.
Following the first fatal accident on March 26 at Works Package 06, it prompted the top management of Lebuhraya Borneo Utara (LBU), the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) for the Project to reset the overall cumulative safe man hours to zero every time a fatal accident occurs, as a show of its commitment to ensure strictest compliance of health, safety, environment and traffic (HSET) in the project.
“Although we could decide not to reset the number to zero because the fatal accident was caused by a third-party road user, the Management, after much consideration eventually decided to reset everything back to zero. We have the highest commitment to ensure that nothing is compromised when it comes to the HSET, so even it means resetting our targets and find ways to further improve, we will do so”, LBU head of support services Azman Hashim was quoted as saying before.
Despite the setback in the achievement as far as the overall cumulative safe man hours achieved so far, LBU is not resting on its laurels and is committed to achieve its newly set 12mil safe man hours by the end of this year.