PortandTerminal.com, January 12, 2021
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles/Long Beach Longshore Labor Relations committee agreed to start requiring mandatory temperature screening at marine terminals starting today (January 12). For now, the measure is being implemented for 30 days expiring on February 11th.
The temperature checks will be administered every time someone enters a terminal. Anyone whose temperature is 100.4 F or greater will be prevented from entering the terminal, encouraged to get a COVID-19 test and sent home.
Anyone who refuses to have their temperature taken will be refused entry into the terminal and excluded from work.
With ports working flat out to keep up with the surge of imports coming into the country there are concerns that these new measures will create havoc and major delays.
“When people are denied entry it’s going to take hours to get replacements” commented one longshoreman affected by the new measures. This is especially true for key positions such as crane operators where a lack of manpower could delay an entire shift significantly.
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