Mining giants operating in the Pilbara continue to make drastic changes to fly-in, fly-out rosters to minimise the risk of spreading the deadly coronavirus. With the State Government enforcing a hard border closure, interstate FIFO workers would be made to quarantine for two weeks. Woodside has implemented a temporary roster that would involve two weeks isolation and four weeks on, followed by two weeks rest. Woodside chief executive and managing director Peter Coleman said the company would “work hard to protect jobs and maintain the supply of gas to WA”. “I am proud of how the Woodside workforce was willing to step up and agree to temporary changes to how they work, whether this was working from home or supporting new roster arrangements at our producing assets,” he said. Fortescue Metals Group has changed its site-based operational roster from two weeks on/one week off to four weeks on/two weeks off, while Rio Tinto has moved to a two-weeks-on/two-weeks-off roster. BHP has implemented changes across its sites including amending rosters to minimise travel to the Pilbara, restricting FIFO workers from entering the townships of Newman and Port Hedland, and increasing the use of health screening such as temperature checks at mine sites and airports. BHP WA iron ore acting asset president Tim Day said BHP implemented stringent hygiene and physical distancing measures across its operations. A Citic Pacific spokesperson said the company was undertaking risk management and social distancing measures. “Among numerous actions, temperature checks and health screening of staff and contractors are being conducted both prior to flying to site and during their swings,” they said. The mining industry is also helping local Pilbara communities by setting up community funds to help locals. Woodside established a $10 million fund for grassroots organisations, with at least $3 million to go towards Karratha. Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman said Woodside had set up a Statewide $10 million community fund to with $3 million expected to go to Karratha. Chevron launched a $1 million relief fund for Onslow, which would be delivered by the Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The fund is designed to help local business support for short-term financial hardship and long-term business rebuilding.