NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 project achieves 3-million safe man-hours
Date Posted : June 17, 2016
Since the start of its construction in 2014, the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 has reached a milestone of 3 million man-hours with zero accident.
This assures us of the excellent practice of safety that NLEX concessionaire Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) employ – from the construction phase until the toll road is in full operation.
Reaching 3 million hours with no Lost Time Injury (LTI) means that MNTC has logged zero major accidents since it started constructing Segment 10 in 2014. This milestone is of enormous value because it means to obtain an excellent safety result in a complicated environment.
“This safety breakthrough is a strong testament to MNTC’s strict adherence to safety standards in its operations and projects,” said Raul Ignacio, MNTC chief operating officer.
Ignacio said that safety has always been at the core of MNTC’s culture as it operates expressways under its concession -- the NLEX, and now, the SCTEX.
“We achieve safe tollways by ingraining safety in the company culture. While infrastructure and technological features are key to safety, ultimately, it is us humans – the company employees and the road users – who can make the difference between hazard and safety,” he added.
Segment 10 forms part of the NLEX as an all-elevated roadway that starts at MacArthur Highway in Karuhatan, Valenzuela City to C3 Road in Caloocan City extending to Road 10 in Navotas. It is a P10.5-billion four-lane expressway that is being built above the existing Philippine National Railways (PNR) railroad tracks.
Key to Segment 10’s safety is MNTC’s commitment to providing a healthy and safe workplace and the Strive for L.I.F.E. (Leighton Incident Free Environment) initiative of its contractor Leighton Contractors Asia Ltd (LCAL) which framework includes assessment and identification of risks before they become problems. Strict enforcement of measures and continuous review of safety precautions are also instrumental in the project’s safety achievement.
“We have been telling Segment 10 workers that aside from the timely completion of their day-to-day work, ensuring safety should be everyone’s top priority,” said Nemesio Castillo, MNTC vice president for construction management services.
International standards of safety
MNTC and LCAL have developed strong safety culture throughout their respective organizations as both companies hold international certification OHSAS18001:2007 for occupational health and safety system.
“Building a 20-meter-high expressway entails many hazards that’s why we constantly conduct safety trainings to eliminate health and safety risks that can endanger Segment 10 workers,” explained Richard Wood, LCAL project director.
Among the trainings that are frequently held for Segment 10 workers include emergency rescue, basic life support, and stress management.
“We are continuously looking at ways of controlling risks and eliminating injuries at Segment 10 and complete the project with the highest health and safety standards,” Castillo said.