After infections of the construction site: construction industry dispute about Corona protection

The trade unions feel vindicated: "Sad" was not the case at Frankfurt airport, says Gerhard Citrich, labor protection expert of the IG Bau. But it was also a

After infections of the construction site: construction industry dispute about Corona protection

The trade unions feel vindicated: "Sad" was not the case at Frankfurt airport, says Gerhard Citrich, labor protection expert of the IG Bau. But it was also a little surprising. On Thursday, the airport operator Fraport confirmed that 17 Workers at the construction site of the terminal 3 had been infected with Covid-19. It is the largest Corona case in the Hessian construction, and on Germany's largest construction site.

Falk Heunemann

business editor of the Rhein-Main-Zeitung.

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in the days before the Union had warned the public that rules for the protection against infection, are supposed to be almost impossible to adhere to. Masks were rarely worn, Workers swarmed into the trailer, and to work, they came in Packed vans, reported Citrich. "The accommodations are often disastrous."

In 90 percent of the farms were found to have no defects

"Here should be made because of individual cases, a whole industry in the pillory," says Rainer von Borstel, managing Director of the Association of construction entrepreneurs in the state of Hesse. "That annoys me." In 90 percent of establishments no deficiencies were identified. No entrepreneurs have finally, interest in ensuring that its site had to be placed due to a Corona of infection, still, already, therefore, will be respected in the rule on the compliance with the protection requirements. So many heads have divided, in the meantime, the construction crews so that the same employees were on the way. If there is an infection, wouldn't this Team is in quarantine, the entire staff. And instead of vans, the employees travelled more and more with your own car. That it come, nevertheless, to infections, it is not possible to exclude but whine, more so when many came back from vacation.

The infections at Frankfurt airport were known, after an employee had felt last weekend, symptoms, and subsequently, his employer reported. Immediately you have tested all those colleagues who were in contact with him, at the Medical Center of the airport, said a spokesman for the airport operator Fraport. Of the 205 16 more Infected were Studied and then been found. All contact persons were "in a domestic quarantine". On the construction site of the resulting terminal 3 around 2200 workers are employed. "The case shows that the pre-defined processes," said a Fraport spokesman. The company had not reported the infection of himself, but only on demand of the F. A. Z. confirmed.

"The employees life a misery"

The trade Union takes the incident as a reason to demand better working conditions for the employees. So the construction workers should be accommodated in Collective centres, but in Corona-times of the single room. Part of it is a lack of running water. And instead of makeshift port-a-potties there should be proper washing facilities and toilets. "The workers live in a slum, you don't often know anything else," says a trade unionist Citrich.

Apparently, the construction sites are not monitored intensively. Employers ' Association and trade Union confirm that the frequency of Inspection in Corona-times has not increased, neither of the professional Association of the industry of the authorities. The supervisors are currently working only to a limited extent, and with the home office, in addition, there were no long before Corona control staff.

Updated Date: 08 August 2020, 06:19

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