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Metro Tunnel

Victoria’s Big Build all set to get on with the job safely

Posted: 01 Oct 2021

Graphic of PPE and the words 'Reopening our worksites safely

Construction on the Metro Tunnel will resume safely from 5 October, after a 2-week industry-wide shutdown to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Workers on major transport infrastructure projects have spent the past 2 weeks getting vaccinated to help keep worksites and the community safe.

Strict processes will be in place to check and record the vaccination status of workers entering our construction sites. No vaccination, no entry.

Over the next few days, Victorians may notice some workers returning to our sites to prepare for work starting again next week.

New safety measures

Where possible, worksites have been fitted out with sheltered outdoor rest areas to ensure workers are as safe as possible during break times.

Ventilation plans have also been put in place for indoor rest areas to ensure worksites are complying with new construction public health orders, requiring the entire air volume of crib/meal rooms to be replaced or filtered 5 to 6 times an hour, or around every 10 to 12 minutes.

Additional measures making worksites even safer include new physical distancing markers, better ventilation in site sheds and the presence of COVID-19 safety marshals.

Ramping up safety checks

On-the-spot safety checks are a successful way to achieve compliance and our safety teams have conducted almost 11,000 checks across our sites during the pandemic. These inspections will ramp up in the coming weeks as we monitor and audit compliance across our projects.