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BC’s Work Camps Stay Open Despite Pandemic Risks –

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 202014 Views

Workers spreading virus could swamp health system, say experts. ‘Tool down’ megaprojects, urges labour.

Health officials warned six years ago that thousands of workers brought to northern B.C. to build pipelines and dams and operate mines could overwhelm the region’s medical system.

Now the COVID-19 crisis has raised serious concerns about the increased risks of industry activity, especially from employees housed in work camps who frequently rotate in and out of the region.

The BC Building Trades Council has called on companies to scale down operations to reduce the number of workers housed in camps.

“We are calling for remote-camp megaprojects in B.C. to be tooled down to all but essential or critical-path work,” Andrew Mercier, executive director of the union umbrella organization, said last week. “We need to flatten the curve and alleviate pressure on the rural health care systems.”

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