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.”