BC Hydro has implemented COVID-19 health screening measures at its Site C construction site, said a spokesperson for the utility company in a statement.
“This includes conducting temperature scans on every worker at the gate before they enter the site. This is done through the use of a thermal imaging device, similar to what is used at airports,” said BC Hydro’s Tanya Fisher.
She said the temperature scans are used in conjunction with the B.C. Ministry of Health’s self-assessment, which is done prior to any worker boarding a flight or travelling to work at the site.
The health screening measures relate to a scaled back workforce at the dam, which took effect March 18 to focus on essential work and critical milestones.
The decision brought the overall workforce staying in site accommodations down by about 50 per cent and allowed BC Hydro to provide greater space for personnel at both the work and camp sites, she said. As of May 5, there were 850 workers staying at camp while typical numbers this time of year would see a workforce of around 1,700.
“Any decision to safely expand or restart work at the dam site will be based on guidance by the province and health authorities. What this will look like when work does start again is dependent on a number of factors and it’s too early to speculate or provide further details on this,” Fisher said.