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A crack squad are using surprise inspections and strict penalties to enforce social distancing Melbourne’s major transport projects and keep work moving in the industry.
The Andrews Government’s “safety squad” have been hired to regularly ensure COVID-19 restrictions are enforced at the Metro Tunnel, West Gate Tunnel, level crossing removals and more than 100 other road and rail projects.
The regular inspections will ensure the state’s infrastructure pipeline continues to keep workers employed throughout the pandemic.
The government has also set up a Big Build Industry Consultative Panel of contractors, unions and project heads chaired by Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan.
The panel will meet regularly to address any issues around construction projects across the state.
Senior Safety officer Michelle Adams checks distancing with workers Simon Bray and Mick Lonie at a level crossing construction site in Cheltenham. Picture: Jake NowakowskiMajor Transport Infrastructure Authority Director-General Corey Hannett said more than 15,000 Victorians were employed under Victoria’s infrastructure program.
“I’ve never seen anything like this is in my life and we cannot afford to become complacent,” he said.
In the first three weeks of the program, the safety squad held more than 400 inspections.
Work crews are separated into groups to minimise the risk of spread and staff regularly have their temperature tested so that authorities can act quickly.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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