This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
Association News: Blog

CABE response to Closure of Construction Sites

24 March 2020  
Share |

Dear CABE members, 

As you may be aware, the Prime Minister made a statement on Monday evening which has caused some confusion as to whether construction sites should be shutdown.

In light of the COVID-19 government response CABE, working as part of CIC along with other industry bodies,are seeking urgent clarification on this.The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has outlined the following advice to those who are uncertain. Please note that we will endeavour to keep you updated as continued clarity and information becomes available.

If you are still involved with operations on site, particularly essential maintenance or building work, which will need to continue, please read the best practice guidance document produced by Construction Leadership Council for safe site working for information and we recommend that you adopt the proposed measures as quickly as possible.

Please stay safe and keep an eye on your inbox and social media accounts as we release further information.

Thank you very much for your patience and support in these confusing times.

Kind regards,

Dr Gavin Dunn
Chartered Building Engineer
Chief Executive


CIC COVID-19 Advice

The government has stated that construction and manufacturing should continue if the tasks cannot be performed from home.

As this leaves many uncertain, there will be a briefing with the BEIS Secretary of State late on Tuesday afternoon(24/03/20)which will hopefully provide more clarity.

As it stands the CLC view is that work should only continue if:

  • it can be carried out under the guidance issued by Public Health England
  • it can be undertaken without any compromising on safety and health
  • in accordance with the Site Operating Procedure published earlier today;and
  • workers can travel safely and responsibly to sites.

Please note that while discussions are still being held, we urge that safety should always come first.

As some projects require a critical level of urgency, such as renovations in the health sector, nuclear work, vital infrastructure, sites working on water and electricity, and many others that cannot be shut down.

Of course, one of the biggest questions is that sites can’t be shut down immediately and preparations for closure,considering safety and security,are front of mind, so the CIC will be offering guidance on how to do so.

Graham Watts CIC states, “the bottom[line]is that construction sites can only remain open if they meet these conditions. If it is impossible to meet the 2m rule for example,then they should not remain open unless it causes an unsafe or dangerous situation for them to close,or the project is deemed to be critical to immediate societal need and then this needs to be carefully managed and risk-assessed.”