Three cases on the site of REM

Trois cas sur le chantier du REM

Three on-site employees of the express Network metropolitan (REM) in Montreal have now contracted the COVID-19.

“They are not connected to that of last week, these are rather isolated cases,” says by e-mail to the spokesperson for the consortium NouvLR, Eve Chalifour.

Last week, a first positive case had been detected in an employee who worked in a trailer. Her six colleagues were then isolated in a preventive way at the request of the consortium.

Ms. Chalifour recalled that about 1500 people are hard at work on the building of NouvLR to build the REM, an extensive journey of an electric train.

No clear picture

It does not new cases of homes outbreak.

More than a month after the resumption of the work of construction, after the stop imposed by the government, the authorities do not have a clear picture of infections in the building.

Neither the standards Commission, equity, health and safety in the workplace, or the public health of Montreal did account for them, have they confirmed to the Newspaper.

“It is a problem,” says the manager in health and safety in the workplace for the union, FTQ-Construction, Simon Lévesque.

No transparency

“There is not really transparency, he says. We know word-of-mouth […] or construction sites we are pleased to announce that there is a case, but you can’t tell us where, we don’t know who has been removed from the workplace. “

It then becomes impossible to follow up, to ensure that the recommendations of the public health are enforced, and to inform workers of their right, he says.

“It plays a lot on privacy, but it can play tricks on us,” says Mr. Levesque, who adds receive calls from workers concerned about on the building sites.

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