Construction labour groups raise concerns over job site safety amid outbreak

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TORONTO — Construction labour groups are raising concerns about working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic as companies and governments respond with a range of strategies.

The Ontario Construction Consortium, a group that advocates for construction workers, has called on the Ontario government to suspend work on construction sites for two weeks to protect workers.

The group’s call on Tuesday comes after Premier Doug Ford deemed much of the construction industry as an essential service and exempt from a forced business shutdown.

The province’s decision is in contrast to Quebec, which on Monday suspended all construction activity except for emergency or security services.

Quebec’s move came after the province’s two man construction unions last week asked Premier Francois Legault to shut down the industry because not enough was being done on job sites to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The B.C. Building Trades Council has also raised concerns over working conditions, but has not yet called for an outright shutdown in the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 24, 2020.

The Canadian Press

2 COMMENTS

  1. What about steel plants, there is no social distancing happening there either, and no cleaning or sanitizing going on either, offices are closed, but not the workers, you go work side by side in close proximity, where are my safety protocols!!!!

  2. Most job sites have no running water and soap to wash hands. They are putting people at risk. Also almost impossible to practice social distancing. The ministry of labour should step up and do something ASAP

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