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25mil safe manhours comes early!

Thursday, 31 October 2019, Kuching: The 25 million cumulative safe manhours target for the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project aimed by end of this year has now been achieved, three months ahead of time!

As of September this year, the 10 works packages of PBHS had achieved a cumulative 26,229,058 safe manhours out of the 55,189,230 manhours clocked in.

“This is definitely commendable as we managed to achieve this target of 25mil three months ahead. The achievement is due to the great effort by all the works packages to ensure safety measures are in place and that everyone is safe.

“Without collaboration and support from all parties, we would not have achieved this target. Looking forward, we want to continue making sure that safety is and always will be our utmost priority.

“With the 25mil target achieved, we have now raised the target to 30mil safe manhours by end of this year,” said LBU Health and Safety manager Abdul Rahman Kadir.

Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project, which started three years ago achieved a cumulative safe manhours of 20,269,838 as of the 2nd Quarter of this year out of the cumulative manhours of 49,290,010 clocked in.

To recap, following the first fatal accident in March 2018 at Sungai Awik Bridge to Bintangor Junction (Works Package 06), it prompted LBU top management to reset the overall cumulative safe manhours to zero. As harsh as this seems, the reset to zero demonstrates LBU’s commitment to ensure the strictest compliance of health, safety, environment and traffic (HSET) on the highway project.

Today, the mission to create safe workplaces is even more critical. With construction activities intensified towards completing the first carriageway by early next year before shifting to upgrading the second carriageway, this means mobilisation of more workers to the site.

“With more workers at site, it could only mean one thing - that is they are exposed to danger. What we have to do is to adopt a very strict health and safety approach to ensure these workers’ safety. There can be no compromise on this”, added Rahman.

“We will continue to work closely with all contractors to inculcate and continuously build on a safe working culture. The same message must be translated to the sub-contractors engaged by our works packages. Early detection and removal of unsafe acts and unsafe conditions found at sites is important.”

“At the same time, we want to put in place good health, safety, environment and traffic (HSET) practices. We will continue to educate workers on good HSET practices to build awareness and to remind everyone that their safety is our top priority”, said Rahman.