Covid affects up to 30% of workers at a construction site, says sector – 01/11/2022 – Panel SA

The removals of workers with Influenza and Covid have reached a critical level in the construction sector. Some construction sites register up to 30% of the workforce with a medical certificate in recent days, according to José Carlos Martins, president of the CBIC (Brazilian Chamber of the Construction Industry).

He says he has received complaints from businessmen with short-staffed teams, but there are still no reports of stalled works. Given the situation, companies have to reprogram projects or relocate the workforce, which can increase construction costs, according to Martins.

Despite the scenario, it is not worth hiring temporary employees because the medical certificate time is short, according to Martins.

“The subcontractor can take the worker out of a work and put him in another that is later, but he will not go out to the market to hire a temporary one, because, until you adapt the new one, the other one is already coming back”, he says.

This Monday (10), the Ministry of Health reduced the isolation time for mild and moderate cases of Covid.

with Andressa Motter e Ana Paula Branco

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