On April 2, two people working on the construction of Marriott’s new corporate headquarters in downtown Bethesda, MD, tested positive for the coronavirus. Their illness was entirely predictable — and preventable.
Hensel Phillips, the prime contractor for the $600m project, said it would temporarily suspend work, clean up the site and resume the work in a few days.
The politically influential construction industry wants special treatment. Last week, industry executives told the Washington Post that their work is essential. Builders, they said, would protect the health of workers. Neither claim holds up to scrutiny.
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