How Can The Construction Industry Stay Safe During COVID-19?
As all or many of us are aware, many countries across the world including the United Kingdom are on lockdown, in which the government has declared a national state of emergency. This is due to a new strain of coronavirus, COVID-19, which has spread and caused a global pandemic. If you are unaware of what COVID-19 is, it is a strain of coronavirus and its main symptoms are shortness of breath, a dry continuous cough, and a fever. The government has advised that if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you must stay at home for seven days, and nobody in your home must leave for 14. If the symptoms persist for longer than seven days, then you must stay at home until they stop completely. Although COVID-19 or Coronavirus may sound scary, we must be assured that our fantastic NHS are doing their all to support us through this and by following government guidelines, we can get through this faster and come out of it stronger.
Due to COVID-19, the government has made various restrictions to keep up safe, however, these restrictions have became majorly disruptive, especially for business. Unessential shops and stores, pubs, bars, and restaurants, have all be closed down due to the lockdown. One of the most important restrictions, social distancing, as also majorly affected business across the nation and has many businesses to stop operating their main work as it would breach that restriction. One industry has that has been affected by COVID-19 is the construction industry, however, many construction companies have remained open but with different restrictions to keep the general public and their staff safe. As health safety is always of paramount importance, we have provided this blog on how the construction can keep their staff safe during this increasingly difficult time.
Stop Operating Internal Services
Wilsons do not regularly operate internal services, however, many construction industries do. For Wilsons, sometimes we may have to walk through properties to enter the rear of the building, however, without outdoor access to the rear of the building, we will not complete any services to prevent the risk of COVID-19 spreading or breaching social distancing guidelines. For construction industries, it may be best practice to temporarily stop all internal services to minimise any risk of the disease spreading unless the interior service is absolutely essential. In this situation, the worker or workers must be completely equipped with PPE.
Carry Disinfectants and PPE
As the COVID-19 is a deadly infectious disease, it is absolutely vital that all vehicles are equipped with disinfectants and PPE. Currently, there is a shortage of PPE, so it is important to only carry out services where PPE is needed when absolutely necessary. Disinfectants can be used on the exterior and interior of properties and can protect both customers and staff. This is why it is absolutely necessary that disinfectants are carried at all times to protect customers and staff. If you believe that PPE is necessary to protect yourself and your staff, then below is a list of the correct PPE that your construction companies staff should wear for safety at all times when working:
- Shoe Covers
Although the world may be a tough place to live in, please remember that we are all in this together and will get through it much stronger. Wilsons Groundworks are still operating services such as Groundworks in Bristol and other services such as concreting. Please also rest assured that health and safety is of paramount importance to us and we will ensure that all of our staff and customers are safe at all times, by different protective techniques such as maintaining and 3-metre distance instead of the recommended two. Call us today for more information.