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Pan Borneo Highway project achieves significant milestone
Posted on : 30 Nov 2017  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Pan Borneo Highway project achieves significant milestone

November 30, 2017, Thursday

Safri helping to put on helmet on a motorcyclist during the Road Safety Campaign launch while Safuani (third right) looks on

SEMATAN: The Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project has clocked 10 million man-hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI), barely two years after the project started in October 2015.

A ceremony to commemorate this achievement was held yesterday morning at the site office of Telok Melano-Sematan (TMS) works package here, officiated by chief executive officer of Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU) Ir Safuani Abdul Hamid and permanent secretary to Infrastructure Development and Transportation Ministry Datu Safri Zainuddin

In his speech, Safuani said six out of the 11 works packages had each achieved one million man-hours without LTI which contributed to the overall 10 million mark achievement.

LBU is the Project Delivery Partner for Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak.

The six packages that had achieved one million man-hours without LTI are TMS, Sematan-Sungai Moyan (SSM), Pantu Junction-Batang Skrang (PJS), Bintangor Junction-Julau Junction & Sibu Airport-Sungai Kua Bridge (BSK), Sungai Kua Bridge-Sungai Arip Bridge (SKB) and Mile 5-Nyabau Flyover + Jalan Bakun Junction-Sungai Tangap (BJT).

“This achievement of 10mil mark did not come easy as we are managing a project with 11 different works packages at different locations covering the construction length of 786km under Phase One.

“With this 10 million mark already been achieved, we are now raising the bar by setting a new target to achieve 20 million man-hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) by December next year,” said Safuani.

The 10 million mark was achieved two months ahead of the scheduled target in December this year. As of October 25 this year, the project had achieved a cumulative 11,171,121 man-hours without LTI.

Stressing that no life is worth sacrificing in any job, Safuani said LBU took health, safety, environment and traffic (HSET) seriously.

“There is an estimated average of 1,863 workers daily — from project managers to the general workers who are based at the 25 sites out of the 11 works packages.

“As of today, we have an estimated 5,990 workers registered at all the 11 works packages a month,” he said while sharing with those present the best practices that had been adopted by this single largest infrastructure project in the state.

Among the best practices he highlighted were the well-equipped Centralised Labour Quarters (CLQ), traffic management at construction sites and the emergency response team (ERT).

Meanwhile, Safri in his speech said work safety culture must be in place to ensure that no life is being compromised.

“Injury however slight it may be, must be avoided at all cost as the welfare of the workers should not be taken for granted.

“Not only would productivity be affected if any of the workers are injured or worse still succumb to work related accident during the course of their duty, their family members will also suffer as the workers may be the sole bread winner of the family.

“So, it is of paramount importance that the welfare of the workers must be of top priority. There must not be any neglect on the part of anyone on safety measures to ensure that everyone is safe,” he stressed.

Safri added that constructing the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak was a huge challenge as it is constructed on a ‘live road’ where there are thousands of vehicles commuting along the construction stretch daily.

“I advise the Pan Borneo main contractors to put in place proper traffic management as your job is not only to complete the construction works on time, but also to ensure road safety is ‘Alive!’.

“I am putting forward the challenge to LBU and the contractors to continuously improve on your HSET practices and standards. At the same time, look for ways for further improvements and innovations to raise the benchmark on HSET in Sarawak,” he said.

Safri together with Safuani and other distinguished guests then launched Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak’s HSET road safety campaign to promote safe driving among road users.