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WPC04 celebrates 7mil safe manhours achievement

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, Sri Aman: There was every reason to celebrate at NAGA’s (Naim Gamuda JV Sdn Bhd) base camp at Temudok this morning as Works Package 04 (Pantu Junction to Batang Skrang) had achieved its 7mil safe manhours milestone.

Everyone was in a jubilant mood at the ceremony to celebrate this achievement which was made possible through their commitment to make health and safety part of their working culture.

The fact that Works Package 04 conducted the highest number of toolbox briefings and achieved the second lowest of accident rate among all Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak’s works packages, apart from boasting modern Central Labour Quarters (CLQ) and a dedicated training centre, made it even more reason for them to deserve this achievement.

Activities at this morning’s ceremony included recognition for the best sub-contractors, banner design competition and lucky draws. Over 800 workers attended the event.

Today also saw the retirement of one of NAGA’s pioneer team members, its HSE Manager, Captain T.S. Hareedranathan.

Relating his experience with PBHS, Captain Hareedranathan said that building the safety culture amongst sub-contractors and workers took time. “It’s about making health and safety a culture. In the early days, it took a bit of pushing to adopt the best HSET practices. Over time, we can see that our effort was rewarded as these best practices are now adopted across our works package,” he said.

NAGA employs a comprehensive health and safety programme - starting with an induction programme for every worker before they can step on-site, to daily task briefings, weekly and monthly mass toolbox briefings, incentives and numerous training programmes organised.

Meanwhile, LBU chief executive officer Ir. Safuani Abdul Hamid in his speech said Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak had set a high benchmark in health, safety, environment and traffic management (HSET) practices for other public infrastructure projects.

“Knowing that our industry as a whole recognises the importance of good HSET practices is good news for everyone, for every worker, for Sarawak and Malaysia,” said Ir. Safuani, in his speech read by LBU deputy head of construction for Central region, Bahrin Kasri.