3 August 2020
I hope you are keeping safe and well and please know that I am thinking of you during this difficult and emotional time.
Dan Andrews made a further announcement today advising that the building and construction industry (including residential) will remain open. However, further restrictions would apply. In addition to the current guidelines and regulations that are required to be strictly adhered to on site, Dan Andrews advised that it will be unlawful to have more than 5 people on a site at any one time from midnight this Wednesday, 5 August.
We remind you that it is mandatory to ensure that you are signing into our work sites using the HazardCo sign on the site fence. When signing in, you will be required to answer the 3 declaration questions required by the Government in order to allow you to enter the worksite. Please do not enter the worksite without scanning into HazardCo. Please also remember to do you induction through the app the first time you attend on site. If people are found to be onsite who have not signed into HazardCo, they will be asked to leave. We are not prepared to risk people’s safety. Please also ensure that you follow the attached Guidelines and wear the correct PPE (including a mask).
There are Police randomly attending sites to ensure compliance, as are WorkSafe and the VBA. There will be on-the-spot fines of $200 for not following these rules.
‘There is no alternative but to follow the rules’, Dan Andrews.
So to summarise:
- Construction remains open;
- No more than 5 people are to be one site at any one time;
- No blending shifts;
- Workers must not move from site to site and may only work on one job site per day;
- Must have universal COVID plan in place (contract tracing must be part of plan – HazardCo);
- Changes effective midnight Friday, 7 August.
I also need to add here a huge THANK YOU. I am so proud of our team for all the hard work you are doing to keep our sites safe and our industry open. I want you to know that we know you are doing the right thing on site and we want to thank you for that. We know that there are a lot of builders out there who aren’t doing the right thing and it is frustrating and disappointing. But I want to sincerely thank you for being part of the solution and doing the right thing on our work sites. We are extremely proud of you, our amazing team. We couldn’t do this without your support.
We know that we can get through this together if we all just continue to follow the rules. Your safety, and the safety of your families and the general public, is our paramount concern.
Once again, we hope that you and your families are coping okay. Should you need any support whatsoever, please reach out and we will be here for you.
We are all in this together.