The Victorian government has announced a four-week blitz on construction sites in a bid to ensure the $21.6-billion industry is Covid-safe and can continue to function despite an ongoing outbreak of the delta variant.
It was revealed recently that construction sites had been a major source of transmission in the latest outbreak of Covid-19.
Government officials from the Industry Enforcement and Engagement Operation along with Worksafe and Victorian Building Authority will swoop on construction sites across the state with a “zero tolerance” approach and the capacity to issue fines and prohibition notices.
The Victorian government is aiming to boost vaccination rates among construction workers and is encouraging them to book via the Coronavirus hotline this week to receive priority access to appointments.
In a statement the government said that “many people working in construction are young, highly mobile and unvaccinated”.
“Given the increased public health risks, the joint operation will have a zero tolerance approach and will apply fines and prohibition notices to fix any serious non-compliance.
“Anyone who works at a site where civil works, building or construction activities take place, including contractors and architects working onsite, will be eligible.
“Any Victorian, including construction workers, can also book to get vaccinated with their local GP or selected pharmacists across the state.”
Victorian treasurer Tim Pallas said vaccination was crucial to ensure the construction industry remained operational.
“Our construction industry is critical to our state, but what is even more important is vaccinating each and every Victorian so we can slow the spread of the virus,” Pallas said.
“The construction sector’s ability to remain open is on a knife’s edge, and to ensure they can keep building, people need to get vaccinated and follow the rules.”