Fortescue enforces measures against coronavirus

The Christmas Creek operation in Western Australia. Image: Fortescue Metals Group

Fortescue Metals Group has imposed travel and health protocols across its sites since the outbreak of the coronavirus in January.

Employees who have travelled to Iran, mainland China, Italy and South Korea can only return to site 14 days after arriving home from their travel.

Fortescue also discourages travel to sites where it’s deemed unnecessary, while restricting international travel in line with the federal government guidelines.

If a team member presents with coronavirus symptoms, they will complete a health assessment checklist with health specialists on site.

“At this stage we do not anticipate any impact to production schedules, and flights and rosters in and out of our sites are operating as usual,” Fortescue stated.

“Our office-based teams are working as normal, with some teams in Shanghai and Singapore working from home.”

Fortescue has communicated with its suppliers and contractors across the business to ensure health practices and travel guidelines are followed.

The company also cleared a Christmas Creek employee from coronavirus after receiving a negative test result earlier this week.

“This is welcome news and ensuring our workforce is healthy, safe and informed remains our number one priority,” Fortescue stated.