Monday, 15 July 2019, Kuching: Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU), the project delivery partner for Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, has raised the bar in as far as the safe manhours is concerned.
From the initial 20mil cumulative safe manhours it had set to achieve by the end of this year, it has now set a new target of 25mil safe manhours.
“We believe this new target is realistic as construction activities are at its peak now that the project is already more than its half way.
“This means all the 10 works packages are having more manpower to drive these activities at all the sites and this means more manhours to be clocked in. At the same time, we are pushing very hard for safety as this is our topmost priority although we strive to complete this project on time in another two to three years’ time,” said LBU Health and Safety Manager, Abdul Rahman Kadir.
Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project, which started three years ago has achieved a cumulative safe manhours of 20,269,838 as of second quarter of this year out of the cumulative man hours of 49,290,010 clocked in.
To recap, following the first fatal accident on March 26 in 2018 at Sungai Awik Bridge to Bintangor Junction (Works Package 06), it prompted LBU top management 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.
Subsequent to three fatal accidents occurred last year brought down the safe man-hour achieved which could otherwise been much higher if not for the third-party negligence in the accidents.
Although it is not incumbent upon the PDP to reset the safe man-hour to nil every time there is a fatal accident due to third party negligence, LBU has decided otherwise as it is committed to ensuring that nothing is compromised when it comes to the HSET.
Rahman said continued efforts would be taken to ensure good health and safety practices are adopted at all the works packages.
“We will continue to work closely with all the contractors to inculcate safe working culture and out focus this year is to inculcate a culture of early detection and removal of unsafe acts and unsafe conditions found at sites and put in place good health, safety, environment and traffic (HSET) practices.
“We will continue to educate workers on good HSET practices as we want to keep reminding everyone that their safety is our top priority. That is why we have been doing awareness campaigns all this while to engage with everyone, said Rahman.