It is with great concern and intent that we at Hawk River Construction follow the guided principals of the Government of Ontario and its health officials to protect our workers and community alike. To fulfill such demands, we have implemented the following initiatives to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As information regularly changes, these initiatives are susceptible to change and/or further aggressive action.
Under the Government’s authority, Hawk River Construction is deemed an essential business as it offers the service of construction under the following criteria:
Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space.
Critical infrastructure repair and maintenance including roads, dams, bridges etc.
Environmental rehabilitation, management and monitoring, and spill clean up and response.”
However, we greatly understand the responsibility of being an essential service and have implemented the following precautions to ensure the health and safety of everyone.
It is our desire to effectively communicate any changes of this or any policy to our employees, contractors, clients and community as they may occur. As such, we will be communicating such changes via the following platforms: email, website, Instagram and Facebook, in conjunction with direct communication with our employees.
With the suggestion of global health officials, Hawk River will be sanitizing all surfaces with special attention to high traffic surfaces on a regularly and daily basis. In addition to direct education, Ontario posters with proper hygiene care have been clearly displayed to remind employees of the vital importance to persistently wash hands and avoid spreading germs. Beyond the importance of persistent hand washing employees are strongly encouraged to: avoid touching eyes, nose and/or mouth, cover coughs or sneezes with tissue dispose of tissue and following with handwashing. All employees who are ill or feel symptoms will be sent home to ensure their and everyone’s safety. Each employee has been equipped with hand sanitizer and their own cleaning supplies in order to prevent contact with one another.
3. Spatial Compliance
Furthermore, with compliance to the new order from the Government of Ontario, we will be ensuring no more than five individuals in one area of work; with the exemption of outdoor jobsites where more employees may be required. At which time, strict spatial requirements will be followed. Physical distancing of 2 meters or more will be enforced, so long as it is safe to do so. Certain circumstance will require individuals to be closer for proper communication, especially around equipment or performing practical work procedures. Should space been impeached due to safety, individuals will wear masks and ensure contact is not made.
In addition to spatial requirements, Hawk River has implemented that all trucks, dump trucks, equipment and tools shall be assigned to one employee at a time. No such changes will be made unless the item is diligently sanitized.
Lunch breaks will be staggered to meet physical distancing compliance. As well, we will ensure that all employees are equipped with proper and effective PPE.
Hawk River offices are now closed to the public. We believe this is a crucial step in preventing the spread of the virus. We have publicly announced that all vendors, clients and community to restrict their queries and payments to telecommunication, email (e-transfer) and mail only. As we are still operational, our limited office staff are available to answer any queries from 7:30am -4:30pm Monday to Friday.
Hawk River Construction is paying close attention to the ever-changing information related to COVID-19. Information is generously shared with our employees to ensure transparency and safety. Hawk River is prepared to take further precautions to ensure the safety of its employees and community.
6. Disciplinary Action
With respect to the global impact preventative measures take, Hawk River will, if necessary, enforce disciplinary action to employees who refuse to follow the preventative measures above.
The Ontario Government strongly encourages that any worker who is displaying symptoms to stay home and report their symptoms to their telehealth line: 1-800-797-0000 or to take the online self-assessment located on their website: Ontario.ca. If an employee has tested positive, we understand that we are to report this incident to the Ministry of Labour immediately along with following all measures deemed necessary by the Ministry of Labour.