On Wednesday, Mortenson-McCarthy Builders, the construction firm who is building the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, announced that a second worker of theirs has tested positive for the new coronavirus.
The first Allegiant Stadium worker to test positive for the virus was two weeks ago on March 26.
After that happened, the construction firm “implemented stringent cleaning protocols on the project” consistent with CDC guidelines.
According to the company, the affected worker was not in close contact with other workers since social guidelines had been implemented on site grounds after the first incident took place.
Mortenson-McCarthy Builders maintain that work “continues in other areas of the project that remain unaffected,” according to Mick Akers with the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Sports Stadium Construction is ‘Essential’ and Will Carry On
Despite some cases of COVID-19 being present in the construction sector, work has been deemed ‘essential’ by government authorities and will press on, with of course the implementation of preventative procedures.
Luckily, outside work is said to be ‘advantageous’ according to health experts. The reason beingis that airborne-materials more easily dissipate, making the risk of catching or spreading the virus minimal.
Construction work is able to continue during the statewide closures of casinos and nonessential businesses, which include beauty services, retail stores and more.
Stringent Policies and Procedures Put into Place
While the number of construction workers who have tested positively for COVID-19 on Las Vegas specific jobs sites, such a Resorts World Las Vegas who had a third worker test positive this week, has been minimal and contained, it’s caused construction firms to strictly enforce new work procedures to prevent a greater spread.
Take a look at the preventive policies and procedures list that Mortenson-McCarthy has installed around the worksite that workers are expected to follow thoroughly amid the coronavirus pandemic:
- Strict Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance including directing team members who feel sick or have health-related concerns to stay home
- A daily verbal health screen of all workers conducted prior to beginning work on site
- Implementation of strict social distancing guidelines and recommended personal hygiene practices
- Reduced worker concentrations
- Increased sanitation and cleaning throughout the project site including high traffic areas, which are sanitized multiple times per day. The monitoring of those areas to ensure appropriate social distancing and sanitation.
- Hand wash stations and sanitizers available throughout the project job site
- Implementation of a COVID-19 Compliance Team to check that adherence to local, state and national laws/recommendations are being followed.
- Staggered start times to minimize the number of workers entering the job site at any given time.
- Working with customers and trade partners to adjust workflows as necessary.
- Implementation of teleconferencing whenever applicable.
- Suspension of large group gathering and meetings of more than 10 people.
With construction carrying on in the valley, and on Allegiant Stadium specifically, it’s still set to open as scheduled this August. But, with the way the pandemic is currently, it’s hard to say if construction will carry on as usual, or be halted.
We can only take it day by day and see how things progress. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Clark County and give you the latest updates. We hope you’re staying healthy out there!