Keeping Workers Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tony Liberatore Jr., Business Manager with Laborers Local 860 in Cleveland, Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on May 11 to discuss keeping workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tony Liberatore Laborers 860In Ohio, certain construction projects were deemed essential, therefore the tradesmen and tradeswomen are still showing up to work on these projects. While workers are still reporting to their jobsites, they are expected to follow stricter safety standards to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. Liberatore said that his construction workers are abiding by the six foot separation rule and wearing masks on the jobsite. He mentioned that certain construction tasks, such as shoveling or operating machinery, make it easier to follow the proximity rules. Liberatore said that they have remained vigilant in making sure everyone is abiding by the rules. Liberatore went on to discuss spring construction awareness in Ohio and how advertisements and signs are being put up to warn people to be cautious while driving in construction zones. Lastly he spoke about how the jump start in infrastructure projects when the shutdowns end will be at the forefront of restarting America.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronAndrew Tinkham, Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel spoke about door-to-door marketing. He said that during the pandemic, all energy company door-to-door marketing has been restricted. Tinkham then discussed public water service companies and their decision to keep the water on for people during the pandemic, even if they have not paid their water bills. As courtesy to the public, some water service companies will keep their services active even if people are not able to pay their bills in full. Finally, he spoke about Verde Energy and their unethical business practices of spoofing caller ID numbers of verified utility companies and trying to scam people into contracts.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the jobless numbers across the many industries throughout the United States.



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