Hanson Australia today rejected claims by the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU), regarding the confirmation of four Covid cases at its Greenacre site in Sydney.
A spokesperson for Hanson said: “The claims made by the TWU regarding Hanson and our employees are baseless and extremely disappointing.
“The fact is that the initial Hanson employee who contracted the virus was working night shift on the night of Friday, July 9, and had no symptoms.
“The employee called in sick prior to work on Monday, July 12. He did the right thing and got tested and isolated at home.
“The employee received a positive test result from NSW Health on Tuesday, July 13, and alerted Hanson immediately.
“As soon as Hanson was informed on Tuesday, NSW Health was contacted and we put in place our own internal Covid-safe protocols, which included the deep cleaning of the site and thorough contact tracing.
“We also informed all of our employees, including drivers – and have continued to keep them informed of developments.”
Subsequently, three other employees have also tested positive.
“Although the site was deep-cleaned, as soon as we received a public health order, we shut down the site and parked many of our trucks. We are currently awaiting directions from NSW Health as to when it will reopen.
“Hanson has and will continue to follow the advice of NSW Health.
“Hanson has implemented a thorough Covid-19 management plan across its national operations which includes contact tracing in the event of a positive test result, deep cleansing of all machinery and equipment, and ensuring hygiene protocols are followed at all times.”