How to maintain a safe construction site
Take Additional Safety Measures
Even though many construction projects have been deemed to be essential services, there will be challenges and precautions that must be taken in order to protect the health and safety of all workers
It is imperative that employers, supervisors and constructors recognize that these are stressful times, and many workers are suffering additional stress and anxiety. Be mindful of those suffering, take steps to care for their mental health. Stress and fatigue are contributing factors to accidents. This is not the time to try and push deadlines. Create a new work plan that allows for extended deadlines.
Identify new site hazards that allow for common access like shared washrooms, lunchrooms, elevators, stairways, and heavy equipment and create new controls that will increase protection. Follow the guidelines set out by Health Canada.
Give a safety talk
Implement new controls
All workers must follow the COVID-19 protocols put in place by the employer and officials from Health Canada. The following procedures are just a starting point to build from.
Labour Management Group and prepared an extensive list of best practices to help combat the spread of COVID-19 at construction sites. You can read the full list online or download below.
We are all avoiding using cash as one way to avoid contact with COVID-19 and other viruses. Look at all the other ways you can stop using paper at work. This could include replacing daily inspection sheets and memos with cloud based apps that allow virtual sharing of collected data from field to the office (which may now be at someone's kitchen table).
There are many of these cloud based apps on the market. Here are a two that we are familiar with and here is complete list of resources you can check out.
(Note: we are not affiliated with nor benefit financially
from sharing these links with you).
10 Essential Ways Contractors & Subs
The recommendations focus on four areas for industry leaders to keep top of mind:
- Stay informed – Companies should regularly check government websites and news releases to stay up-to-date on the latest provisions and health recommendations.
- Communication – All parties have to stay in touch to avoid surprises. It’s very possible that projects scheduling, delivery, and completion dates could be impacted – due to supply chain and personnel restrictions, so clear communications – both to and from – construction firms, developers, buyers, and all other stakeholders, is critical from the start.
- Review contract provisions – Contractual obligations exist, and as Covid-19 develops, if there are any anticipations that these obligations cannot be met, parties should review their contracts to see what provisions exist that can excuse performance. This will likely take the form of force majeure, which typically addresses unanticipated events beyond anyone’s control.
- Review insurance policies – Organizations should review all required and applicable contract and project insurance policies to evaluate whether there is appropriate coverage for potential losses that they may incur.