Shepparton News

Keep workers safe

- By Alex Mitchell

Constructi­on industry body Incolink has set up COVID-19 testing units at a number of Shepparton work sites.

Starting yesterday at sites, including the new Greater Shepparton Secondary College building on Feshti St, Incolink chief executive Erik Locke said his organisati­on would test at large sites to help ease the burden on local health authoritie­s.

‘‘We need to test widely and isolate as quickly as possible to stop this outbreak growing further and turning into the terrible situation we see occurring in NSW,’’ he said.

‘‘Since the pandemic began, our industry has done everything possible to keep operating safely, with proactive measures including conducting asymptomat­ic COVID-19 testing on-site, continuous temperatur­e screening through wearable sensors and strict COVID-safe protocols.

‘‘We look forward to seeing Shepparton’s constructi­on workers onsite and ready for testing to help bring this situation under control quickly.’’

Current restrictio­ns for the constructi­on industry include a 25 per cent cap — and a maximum of five — of baseline workers on site, while workers are limited to just one site unless it is not reasonable and practical.

All workers must wear a face mask, unless they have a valid exemption.

Incolink’s bus has conducted more than 23,000 COVID-19 tests since April 2020, while it is also driving vaccinatio­n through its industry.

‘‘We want to help Victoria get this outbreak under control as soon as possible,’’ Mr Locke said.

‘‘Our state can’t afford another prolonged lockdown — it is imperative that we all get vaccinated and assist with testing wherever we can.’’

 ?? Pictures: Megan Fisher ?? Ready for testing: Constructi­on worker George Polites is all smiles before being tested.
Pictures: Megan Fisher Ready for testing: Constructi­on worker George Polites is all smiles before being tested.
 ??  ?? On site: Nurse Lori Tinning was one health profession­al testing at the building site of the Greater Shepparton Secondary College.
On site: Nurse Lori Tinning was one health profession­al testing at the building site of the Greater Shepparton Secondary College.

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