29 May Construction Industry Returns to Work
Much of the construction industry shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and as the regulations start to ease we have seen a number of our projects get back up and running. You probably have seen some projects, usually bigger, government led building sites continuing to operate – this is in order to avoid delays to their final delivery and are often linked with public services.
The main segment of the market which has been frozen is that of residential construction; for example extensions and home improvements. It stands to reason for those projects to be paused as they involve spending time in and around a home in which it could be impossible to adequately keep to the social distancing guidelines.
While the lockdown has impacted our industry quite heavily we have still been able to operate business as usual. We are lucky to have the capabilities to work remotely and much of the design phase of a project can be undertaken from anywhere.
So if you are thinking of having a basement extension or creating a bit of extra living space make sure you give us a call on 016280 826066 or email us and one of our team will get back to you.
There will still be some people who are weary of having work done to their home while elements of the lockdown are in place, but we are assured by our building firms that they follow the Government’s advice to the letter and are keeping their sites hygienic and safe for their workers and the general public.
Having spoken to a number of our construction partners we’ve put together a summary of some of the precautions workers have in place in order to keep everyone involved safe.
Protect against COVID-19 in residential construction
- Ensure that when a worker enters the client’s home they wash their hands using soap and water for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser.
- Workers should wash their hands regularly, most importantly after blowing their nose, sneezing or coughing, and especially when leaving the property.
- In the event that workers are unable to wash hands with soap and hot water, they should use hand sanitiser, it is recommended that they carry this with them at all times.
- Any and all workers should maintain a safe distance (at least 2 metres) from any household occupants at all times
- Workers should ensure good ventilation in the area in which they are working, including opening windows and doors where appropriate.
- No work should be carried out in any household which is isolating or where a vulnerable individual is being shielded; unless your work is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household, such as emergency plumbing or repair.
- No work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has any coronavirus symptoms of any kind, regardless of their severity.
- Workers should stagger their arrival on to site and the times of their lunch breaks to ensure minimal contact between workers.
- Where teamwork is essential, workers should work together in teams that are as small as possible (cohorting). For example, keeping electricians working together, rather than mixing crew members on different shifts.
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