Many contractors taking work safety lightly

KUCHING (Bernama) – Sarawak Energy has again reminded contractors working near electrical facilities and infrastructure to avoid unsafe acts.

Sarawak Energy Group Chief Operating Officer, Lu Yew Hung said despite frequent engagements and awareness campaigns to inform contractors of the need to adhere to safety measures when working near electrical facilities and infrastructure, many contractors are still ignoring the advice and taking safety lightly.

He said there are incidents where contractors still damage the cables even after engagements and safety briefing at project sites.

“The knowledge and safety culture is still very low amongst third party contractors and this is very alarming, looking at the records on the number of cases affecting electrical facilities,” Lu said in a statement yesterday.

He said based on Sarawak Energy records for 2018, there are about 10 cases of unsafe acts damaging electrical facilities happening every month and some of the cases had caused supply interruptions to customers.

He warned that Sarawak Energy is pursuing maximum penalties possible under the law on these cases and if necessary will use the provision under the Electricity Ordinance that allows Sarawak Energy to bring the contractors to court.

Lu, meanwhile, said Sarawak Energy is taking all necessary measures to secure and stabilise a slanted 132kV Tudan-Miri Airport transmission tower located along the Miri Bypass road, caused by Pan Borneo Highway construction works.