David Ellingsen 4BC Breakfast Interview with Neil Breen

David Ellingsen Talks Electrical Work During COVID-19

Metropolitan Plumbing, Electrical and Air Con owner David Ellingsen has revealed how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected his nationwide electrical contractor’s company.

As electrical work is an essential service, Ellingsen told Neil Breen on Brisbane’s 4BC Breakfast program that his business had not been heavily impacted by the pandemic, however, he did admit that business was fluctuating.

”The days are all over the place, but we’ve been very fortunate, we haven’t had to lay anyone off or send anyone for leave,” Ellingsen told 4BC Breakfast with Neil Breen.

”We don’t really know how the day’s going to pan out until the day’s phone line starts ringing.

”Because we are an emergency service company, if I look at my books for tomorrow, we will probably find that we have very little jobs booked and it builds up throughout the day.

”With electrical work, it’s lots of switchboard work, powerpoint repairs and light outages.

”And of course, we often try to get there within the hour.”


Metropolitan are taking the health and safety of all staff and customers very seriously.

To minimise risk, you can expect the call centre staff to ask COVID-19 health questions.

Once on-site, technicians won’t be shaking your hands and will be practicing social distancing at all times.

Furthermore, staff and technicians are staying home when unwell, sanitising their work area and all equipment, wearing gloves and face masks where necessary, regularly sanitising their hands, minimising contact with other staff, practicing respiratory etiquette, e.g: covering coughs and sneezes correctly.

Ellingsen said that the company was closely monitoring the situation across the nation and implementing any necessary protocols.

”We tell our technicians to treat everyone and every household as though they’ve got the COVID-19 virus present,” he stated.

”We give them masks, face shields, disposable gloves, sanitizer and a spray to clean the area that they are working in.

”Every phone call we take, we ask everyone whether they are awaiting tests or if they have the virus itself.

”You would think dealing with sewerage in people’s homes and air conditioning that we’re vulnerable, but we’ve been very lucky and not one of our technicians has caught anything.”

If you’re unsure whether your electrical problem is an emergency, you are welcome to contact our friendly team and we will help however we can.

We understand how trying these times are and will be here for you when you have an electrical emergency during COVID-19. When you need us in the coming weeks, contact us and our team will be here for you and your electrical emergency.

Read more about Metropolitan Electrical Contractor’s response to COVID-19.

Published: 13 Aug, 2020

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