Offaly's Tom Parlon insists the issue is being taken seriously.
The head of the Construction Industry Federation is hitting out at those criticising building site safety.
It comes as thousands of workers return to sites across the country, as the first phase in the reopening of the country continues.
Some workers say they are worried social distancing won't be maintained.
However, the Director General of the CIF, Coolderry's Tom Parlon, insists the issue is being taken seriously: