Tradies: Going where no-one else dares to go

The COVID-19 lock-down has more people in tight spaces than what would be considered normal at the family home, and it’s inevitable that maintenance issues are going to arise.

Whether you’ve simply blown a fuse, or one of the kids flushed a full roll of the world’s greatest commodity (toilet paper) down the commode, you’re going to need to call an expert in to assist.

But is it safe to have a tradie in your home during the Coronavirus crisis?

Due to the nature of their role, tradies are under an enormous amount of strain during this time. By it’s very nature their job requires them to expose themselves to potentially unsafe environments – environments that have become even more unsafe than usual – and the economic impacts of COVID-19 have the potential to threaten their livelihood.

For this reason, workplaces across the construction and maintenance industries are taking extra precautions to ensure that their staff are educated in and practising the necessary measures to limit the spread of CONVID-19.

These include the standard measures outlined by the Federal Government, such as not shaking customers hands, keeping their distance from others in the home and wearing gloves.

There are also a few ways for you to maintain peace-of-mind when inviting a tradie into your home while ensuring the safety of the tradesperson and broader community.

– If you are in self-isolation due to recent overseas travel or close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, do not see visitors, including tradespeople.

– Greet the tradie at the door but remain a safe “social distance” away. This means you likely won’t be able to shake their hand.

– Offer them the chance to wash their hands before they start their job, and provide a clean or paper towel to dry them.

– Tell the tradie if you are feeling unwell, and either stay well away or confined to a bedroom for the duration of their visit.

Should both yourself and the trade follow these simple measures in regards to COVID-19, there is little reason to be concerned about contracting the virus – and even less reason to Google search “how to unclog a toilet myself”.

Supporting Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation

Main On Construction and Maintenance (MCM) has teamed with PBS Building to provide assistance in repairing and touching up a Housing Industry Association (HIA) Project Home which will be auctioned off for the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation.

In partnership with TAFE NSW and the Foundation, MCM will provide skilled tradesmen to assist TAFE’s Building Design, Carpentry, Plumbing, and Electrical students as they earn hands-on experience on a real building project ahead of the Sydney HIA Home Show later this month.
With all proceeds made from the auction going towards vital signs monitors for two Foundation facilities – The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and The Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick – this initiative is further proof of MCM’s commitment to the community.

“We place a lot of value on giving people the opportunity to be better versions of themselves, both within our workplace and in the wider community,” MCM Managing Director, Daniel Chaar said.

“Not only is this a chance for us to help the next generation of building industry professionals develop all the skills that will translate into the workforce, but every hour of work we do means more clinical care for children and families across the Foundation’s network.
“It was a no-brainer to get behind this initiative and we’re just grateful to be able to play a part.”

The two-bedroom house has been designed as the perfect granny flat addition to an existing property or to accommodate those looking for a holiday home on rural or beachfront land.

It will be auctioned under traditional conditions on Sunday, 15 March – the final day of the three-day Home Show.

Foundation CEO Nicola Stokes was overwhelmed by the support of so many local businesses and institutions – support which will assist in providing the best possible treatment and hospital experience for those that need it most.

“The sale of the house will raise funds to support The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. I find it inspiring to think that a house designed and built by young people will in turn help to save and change the lives of other young people,” she said.