Workers employed to sanitize Queensland rail trains – including cleaning up after traveling in a seaweed-positive case – have been fired after they were caught spending more time filming on their phones than cleaning.
Cleaning crews have been busted for not cleaning Queensland rail trains, there are also services used by a person who has later tested positive to the Coronavirus virus.
The services that a potential Covid-positive person took during the recent Brisbane outbreak were discovered after investigating a series of services by contractor Alstom hired workers.
It is understood that the cleaners boarded the train but simply hung on to their phones instead of wiping off the surface of more traffic than properly cleaning with an expert fogging solution.
These were discovered in a review of CCTV footage and he has since been fired.
They had been advised of “seven instances of inadequate cleaning in March 2021″ a spokesman for Transport and Main Road has confirmed.
The failures were identified after contact tracers identified five services on the Radcliffe train life between Lawnton and Kippa Ring as casual communication points between March 23 and 26.
“Reviewing the footage of the CCTV train, a number of instances have been revealed that the cleaning contractors are not performing their duties as per the agreed standards.” said a spokesman.
This led to further investigations to see if the dirty cleaner had become more widespread.
“TMR has made it clear to Alstom that the quality of service identified in these limited examples is not acceptable and could potentially create health risks,” the spokesman said.
“Alstom is taking a full investigation and a thorough audit of the NGR train fleet, which is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.
“The cleaners involved have been stood down.”
Alstom also hired a third-party contractor to monitor the cleanliness of all NGR trains and ensure it is up to standard, he said.
He said a comprehensive cleaning and sanitation program has been set up across all public transport.
We hope all transportation providers and their cleaning contractors meet the relevant standards and requirements to ensure customer safety.