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COVID-19 news for May 8

May 8, 2020
By Patrick Flannery

Provincial workers compensation boards say they are only allowing claims for COVID infections if the workplace put the workers at increased risk for getting the virus. And you don’t even have to report if the worker’s case doesn’t seem to fit the criteria. But whether workers were put at risk will be adjudicated on a case-by-case basis. If someone comes down with COVID in your company, are you better safe than sorry? One thing is for sure: PPE, distancing and handwashing are absolutely essential to protect your operation against claims.

Architects from around the world chime in in this Canadian Architect article on how the pandemic might permanently change how we think about cities and development. The fear of a return to suburban sprawl is palpable.

The construction season is going ahead in Saskatoon.

Trudeau is extending the CEWS through June.


Some people are not happy with Quebec reopening.

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3 Comments » for COVID-19 news for May 8
  1. John Smith says:

    The use of PPE (for COVID-19) should be mandatory for contractors. But those companies who are having a larger workforce shall put more energy to implement the safety measures as advised by the local authorities. I hope everything will be back to normal soon.

  2. Marten Burghgraef says:

    This is an interesting one for sure. I started back this week. I work mostly in the commercial sector installing doors, hardware and other misc. stuff, so mostly finishing end of the game. This site I am on had signs all over the place about being distant. Hand washing station was set up. They had gloves for anyone that wants them as well. You had to wear a mask as well. This is in a hospital so it was the same masks the hospital wears. I took a mask for the first day but also had a hand made one. The one given to me was incredibly uncomfortable and hurt my ears. It also fogged up my glasses. The homemade one was a bit more comfortable but not much. Still fogged my glasses up. It got better as the week went along as my wife and I worked together to make it better. I seen some guys wearing the masks, some had them around their chins. Site super walks by and everyone jumps. He leaves and they come off. Others were good and kept theirs on. No one wore the gloves as they were to small for most guys. Hard to wear them anyway when what you use world tear them apart right away. Not sure if anyone uses the hand washing station. Seems like some guys take this seriously and others no so much. I think people would wear the PPE if it was comfortable but when it hurts to wear it, that is frustrating.

  3. James says:

    Everyone prefers to work from home if it is possible and contractors, sub-contractors, business owners, and architects are using more care and safety precautions to defat the COVID-19. Hopefully, everything will be fine very soon.

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