COVID-19 testing via on-site Incolink mobile clinics will remain a top priority to ensure the health and safety of all workers, with over 6,000 tests on more than 100 building and construction sites conducted so far.

Early adaptation to the current climate by way of hygiene, safety and physical distancing rules has ensured the building and construction industry remains safe and operational during this time, with the testing clinics further bolstering these measures.

Incolink CEO, Mr. Erik Locke has emphasised just how important the initiative has been and will continue to be, in keeping the sector in action:

‘The health and safety of workers is paramount and that’s why we acted so quickly to roll out testing. We’re pleased asymptomatic workers are voluntarily agreeing to be tested, protecting themselves and their colleagues.’

Treasurer of Victoria, Mr. Tim Pallas, has highlighted the State Government’s support of the collaborative commitment of building and construction industry partners in a formal letter written to the industry, stating:

‘I thank the industry for their continued support in making workplaces safe and reducing the risk of coronavirus. This is integral to ensuring the ongoing operation of the construction sector.’

Furthermore, Secretary of CFMEU VIC/TAS, Mr. John Setka exclaims the importance of continuing to test amidst reintroduced lockdowns in Victoria:

‘We thank all members who have been tested and encourage everyone to keep doing their part by getting tested and following the guidelines we have put in place like physical distancing, good hygiene and staggered break times.’ 

Master Builders Victoria CEO, Rebecca Casson highlighted the importance of everyone following the measures put into place so far: ‘Ongoing confidence and certainty in the building and construction industry is vital during these unprecedented times. All parties will continue to work collaboratively to successfully lead our industry through this pandemic and to ensure the protection of livelihoods and community health, which is of the utmost priority.’

The building and construction industry contributes to 45% of the state’s tax revenue and employs over 300,000 workers in Victoria. Maintaining workers health and safety is vital to ensure the continuation of our industry and the support of our economy.

Builders and workers are encouraged to email the following address for testing enquiries:

OnsiteTesting@incolink.org.au

For further information regarding the Mobile clinics, visit: http://incolink.org.au/covid19-testing/