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'Many construction sites are outdoor in the fresh air': Construction work not all bad amid COVID-19 outbreak

In a June 25, 2018 photo, road construction workers pour and spread wet concrete over rebar mesh on the I-75 Rouge River Bridge downriver. A budget impasse in Michigan is starting to take a toll on government programs and services. (John T. Greilick/Detroit News via AP)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — As workers stay home and self-isolate, construction workers are still working away.

Unfortunately, since there is no remote way to hammer a nail into a piece of wood, workers are to still be on the job.

But, it’s not all bad.

“It’s easier to separate people geographically on a site, as well frankly many construction sites are outdoor in the fresh air which is not a bad thing,” Labour Employment Lawyer Tom Ross said.

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That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any risks though.

“The risk on a construction site isn’t so much from having a large group of people, it’s some of those people have to work very closely together,” Ross said.

Ross adds that at this time, having people work further apart is the best practice, as well as the usual safety precautions of sanitizing work areas and making sure if you’re sick, you stay home.