TORONTO — EllisDon said it has taken steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 at its worksite in The Well project in downtown Toronto after 15 workers employed by subtrades tested positive for the virus after Christmas.
The multi-use project, located on the west side of Spadina Avenue north of Front Street, has multiple contractors working on projects onsite.
EllisDon’s corporate director of marketing and communications Dustin Luchka said in a statement all workers who came into close contact with the positive cases were required to self-isolate.
Approximately 400 people were tested on Jan. 26 and another 200 on Jan. 28, with no positives found.
“We take seriously the health and safety of all workers onsite and have implemented COVID-19-specific measures to protect workers at our worksites,” Luchka said. “Those include health screening measures prior to site access, temperature scans, regular cleaning on projects, physical distancing requirements, enhanced hygiene measures, restrictions on the number of workers in hoists, limiting the number of individuals in gatherings, and staggering breaks and schedules.”
Deltera, also building at the site, reported positive cases as well.
Employers advised by a worker that an illness has occurred as a result of their work, or that a claim has been filed with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, are required to provide notice of the positive test to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, the workplace’s joint health and safety committee and any unions involved.
Ministry policy also dictates that if any worker at the workplace becomes ill and there may have been a risk of transmission within the workplace, the employer is required to notify coworkers that an exposure may have occurred.