Tuesday, 4 September 2018, Bintulu: It is yet another milestone for the construction of Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak as Bakun Junction-Sungai Tangap stretch (WPC10) has achieved its 3mil manhours without lost time injury (LTI).
A simple event to celebrate this occasion was held last Thursday at the Galasah Base Camp.
LBU Health and Safety Manager Abdul Rahman Kadir in his speech said that other than WPC10, the other two works packages- Pantu Junction-Batang Skrang (WPC04) and Sungai Kua Bridge-Sungai Arip Bridge (WPC08) had also achieved the 3mil manhours without lost time injury.
“The remaining eight works packages are not far behind though in achieving the 3mil manhours without LTI,” he said
Rahman revealed that so far, four fatalities had been recorded on the Project. Of this number, three involved traffic accidents while the other fatality was due to electrocution.
“Due to these fatalities, the affected manhours without LTI of the affected WPCs had to be set to zero.
“When an accident happens, it affects not only workers but also the contractors as works at site will be delayed,” he added.
With construction works progressing at its peak now, Rahman said it means more activities are on-going at sites and that he said, means more risks are involved.
“So, I call upon all the workers to be more vigilant and abide by the safety and health regulations,” he added.
Rahman said LBU, being the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) for the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project had always placed safety as its utmost priority.
“We are working very closely with all contractors to ensure the safety of our workers as well as that of the road users.
“We will never compromise with safety although our job is to construct this Highway,” he said.
A man-hour, or less commonly known as person-hour, is the amount of work performed by the average worker in one hour. It is used in written “estimates” to describe the total amount of uninterrupted labour required to perform the task.
Lost time injury (LTI) is an injury sustained by an employee that will ultimately lead to the loss of productive work time in the form of worker delays or absenteeism.
An injury is considered a lost time injury only when the worker is unable to perform the regular duties of the job, takes time off for recovery, or is assigned modified work duties for the recovery period.
Meanwhile, DOSH Miri chief Mohammad Zaim Kassim expressed his hope that all the workforce for this project will continue to practise a safe working environment.
WPC10 project manager Pang Bo Ming on behalf of main contractor for WPC10, Pekerjaan Piasau Konkerit (PPK) expressed his appreciation to all staff, consultants, government engineers and all workers for their commitment and teamwork.
“This is an achievement contributed by all and I urge all staff to continue your full commitment to strive for a safer working environment,” Pang added.