Multiplex's Premier Apartments site on Spencer Street in Melbourne was shut for a hospital grade clean following 12 confirmed coronavirus cases.
The decision, announced on Friday, follows the 'Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Process' in line with recommendations provided by the Chief Health Officer and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Multiplex, along with the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), Plumbing and Pipes Trades Employees Union (PPTEU), Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and Australian Manufacturers Workers' Union (AMWU) were notified and all workers identified as being in close and casual contact with the confirmed cases were immediately sent home and ordered to get tested and to self-isolate until they received their test results.
All workers on this site were notified of the closure and the Incolink testing bus and medical team were on-site to offer tests for all workers who were asymptomatic as a further safety measure.
In a CFMEU press release, the union implores all members and construction workers to continue following all measures and guidelines put in place for their safety – including strict hygiene, social distancing, masks and staggered meal breaks.
Victoria's building and construction industry is this morning awaiting updates on whether it will remain an 'essential service' allowed to continue operating under Stage Four lockdowns announced on Sunday.