While snags to health rules explode on construction sites, bosses admit a certain relaxation and promise to roll up their sleeves to stay open.
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“Can there be releases? It’s possible, ”admitted Éric Côté, CEO of the Corporation des entrepreneurs générale du Québec (CEGQ), which brings together bosses from the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors.
Wednesday, The newspaper revealed that activities on the sites were far from slowing down and that we even saw a relaxation of sanitary measures.
Wearing the mask
However, for the Corporation of general contractors of Quebec (CEGQ), which brings together big names like Broccolini or Axor Ingénierie Construction, the observation is clear: more emphasis must be placed on wearing a mask.
“If we tell children in classrooms to wear masks, why should we be less careful on construction sites? Asks Éric Côté, who heads the group of Quebec entrepreneurs.
According to him, recalcitrant companies must realize as quickly as possible that they are not only running a risk to the health of others … but that they could pay dearly.
“There are entrepreneurs who have been condemned by the courts for not putting the measures in place. There are real consequences ”, went so far as to say the CEO of the CEGQ.
In Gatineau, the construction contractor and co-owner of Décor Pink Couvre-planchers, Shawn Côté, believes that we must maintain guard and continue to wash hands as much as at the start of the pandemic.
“Soap bottles will go down a little slower today than they were at the beginning,” remarked the man who works on three large-scale projects – of five million dollars – in the Outaouais.
“We must take safety on construction sites up a notch”, also ruled Pierre Brassard, president of CSN-Construction.
Numerous infringement notices
While notices of violation are exploding in the industry, the Minister of Labor, Jean Boulet, even warns that he could multiply the closures of construction sites if the need arises.
“We have the power to order the closure of a business. We have closed 23 construction sites since the start of the pandemic, ”he recalled in an interview on the show. To your business, on the airwaves of LCN.
– With the collaboration of Pierre-Olivier Zappa, Agence QMI