Construction Sites during COVID-19
The Caribbean building trade is defined by camaraderie. You seldom experience quiet with crews working, sharing and socialising in the spirit of ‘getting the job done’, while getting through the day. However, it could easily be viewed as being at odds with the general health guidelines to protect us all against the COVID-19 virus.
So as to stay informed and ahead of the curve, we decided to review specific construction industry protocols, to better understand the accepted critical impact points within daily operations on an average building site, in the teeth of the ‘new normal’.
The following information is comprehensive and should be viewed as a basis for creating protective measures, which can be applied to all kinds of building sites, regardless of size, when in many cases, they are able to reopen.
In doing so we fully respect individual regional Government’s Health directives, issued by their Chief Medical Officers, which all construction companies and developers should be guided by in the first instance.
When operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, construction sites need to ensure the protection of their workforce, to minimise the risk of infection and contagion, while establishing a new and effective consistency of operations.
In many ways, these crisis ‘responses’ may well become the eventual commonplace template for an industry which is, in essence, hands-on.
It is a fact that in this COVID-19 environment and moving forward, precise site management and increased cleaning and supervisory staff will be key to maintaining standards and protocols, to allow superior sanitisation and working practices to thrive.
Primarily, anyone who meets one of the following criteria should not come to the site:
Eligible workers should encounter site operating procedures, closely managed and monitored, focusing on the following areas:
Our provision of information is designed to better inform our industry professionals and customers and bring elements of our sector into focus.
This is a news article, not intended, at any point, to contradict or supersede official government directives in separate states, throughout the Caribbean region.
Please refer to local standards and protocols accordingly, prior to taking appropriate action.
NB. This article is for general information purposes only and is meant as an incentive to the reader, who should then research and seek advice from their architectural and construction professionals to confirm that the ideas expressed are possible within the building codes of their territory or within the limitations of their home's architecture. ECMIL only recommends their own products and third party products which they supply, as part of their company's roofing solutions to customers.