Main Toronto mass transit challenge will now take a look at all employees for coronavirus

The consortium liable for the development of the Eglinton Crosstown has launched a “obligatory” COVID-19 testing program for its employees within the wake of dozens of optimistic checks final month.

Crosslinx Transit Options says it has joined a speedy testing pilot program that has been launched by the Ministry of Labour.

It says that testing will happen on a rotating schedule in any respect work websites related to the challenge, starting this week with employees assigned to Leaside, Golden Mile and the Eglinton Upkeep Storage Facility.

The consortium says that registered nurses will administer the Panbio antigen take a look at twice weekly to asymptomatic employees and all people who take a look at optimistic will then be required to rearrange for a PCR take a look at by Toronto Public Well being.

“Crosslinx is dedicated to remaining an trade chief relating to defending the well being of the people who find themselves constructing this challenge in communities proper throughout Eglinton,” Crosslinx President and Challenge Director Invoice Henry stated in a press launch. “Fast testing is a important addition to what we have already mandated to maintain our workforce wholesome and assured coming to work.”

Because the pandemic started in March a complete of 65 individuals who work at certainly one of Crosslinx’s 24 development websites between Black Creek Drive and Kennedy Highway have examined optimistic for the virus, together with 28 in the course of the first two weeks of January.

The consortium can be suing the province, alleging that they shouldn’t be held liable for delays and price overruns associated to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Because the pandemic continues to rage and, sadly, there are increasingly more delays with the vaccine, testing goes to be instrumental in defending our employees from this lethal virus,” James St. John, who’s the enterprise supervisor with Central Ontario Constructing Trades, stated within the launch. “In our continued efforts to make sure the well being and security of our employees within the area, we commend Crosslinx for taking this motion and for securing these speedy checks.”

Premier Doug Ford stated late final month whole of 32 firms have signed as much as take part within the speedy testing pilot challenge. He stated that the checks prices firms about $6 every and are a “cheap price” to “preserve your organization protected, the individuals there working protected and their manufacturing traces protected.”

There are roughly 1,500 individuals engaged on the Eglinton Crosstown at any given time, unfold throughout 28 websites.