A joint initiative between CFMEU VIC/TAS, Master Builders Victoria and Incolink has performed more than 6000 COVID-19 tests on more than 100 construction sites, with plans to further expand.
Early adaption of on-site hygiene practices, including physical distancing rules and staggered break times, have helped keep the construction industry safe during the pandemic.
CFMEU VIC/TAS Secretary John Setka said the union’s commitment to the health and safety of workers has always been paramount.
“…we’ve done a great job so far, but we need to do more to look after each other, our families and the community.
“So, if you or anyone in your household is unwell, stay home and get tested.”
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Michael Paynter, Liaison Officer, Building and Construction Industry, will brief up to 200 construction Health and Safety (H&S) representatives to ensure they are armed with all guidelines for safe work practices.
The briefing initiative aims to provide H&S representatives with the tools needed to assist the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) with workplace mapping of close and casual contact of workers who have tested positive to COVID-19.
“By briefing on-site H&S representatives, we will be better positioned to assist with workplace mapping, all of which will further strengthen the health and safety platform for building and construction workers – and in turn – keep our Industry operational,” Paynter said.
Incolink CEO Erik Locke has emphasised just how important the testing initiative has been and will continue to be, in keeping the sector in action.
“The health and safety of workers is paramount and that’s why we acted so quickly to roll out testing,” he said.
“We’re pleased asymptomatic workers are voluntarily agreeing to be tested, protecting themselves and their colleagues.”
Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas has highlighted the State Government’s support of the collaborative commitment of building and construction industry partners in a formal letter written to the industry.
“I thank the industry for their continued support in making workplaces safe and reducing the risk of coronavirus. This is integral to ensuring the ongoing operation of the construction sector,” the letter read.