Rio Tinto to stop fly-in fly-out travel at BC Works during COVID pandemic

John Crawford
04/08/2020

Rio Tinto says it's decided to stop travel into Kitimat for fly-in fly-out workers until at least the end of May.

The issue has been the source of angry comments on social media from people saying that large numbers of out-of-province workers were being bussed to the smelter site by contractor S-L-and-B for a pot-relining project, creating a health risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rio Tinto said most of the workers were already there well ahead of the pandemic, and  fewer than 10 people-per-week were currently being flown in to Kitimat.

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But the company says through the support of its employees, leaders and contractors, BC Works has been able to make the decision to stop all Fly-in and Fly-out until the end of May, adding that workers already in Kitimat will continue to leave at the end of their rotation.

Only emergency and critically essential travel will be allowed with the approval of the General Manager and will be subject to a risk assessment.

Rio Tinto says the additional precaution will enable it to better protect the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, while work progresses on the pot-replacement project.

=== RIO TINTO BC WORKS FACEBOOK POST BELOW ===
 

We hope you are healthy and well at this challenging time.

We remain open for business and are committed to maintaining our operations as an essential industry in British Columbia. We know that during and after this health crisis, we will play our part in supporting our community, our customers and our economy.

We are continuing to abide by health authority guidelines and implementing a range of additional measures to protect our people.

As we continue to monitor the situation, we have decided to stop travel into Kitimat for fly-in fly-out workers for our smelter until at least the end of May. Workers already in Kitimat will continue to leave at the end of their rotation. Only emergency and critically essential travel will be allowed with the approval of the General Manager and will be subject to a risk assessment.

We are confident this additional precaution will enable us to better protect our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, while we progress on our pot-replacement project.

People with the appropriate skills who live near our operations, applications can be made here at the SL&B website:
http://consultantsslb.com/en/careers/ or by email: rh@consultantsslb.com

Together, we will get through this.

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