In an effort to keep all CABE members up-to-date on the latest developments in light of COVID-19 and the guidance pertaining to the construction industry, please see below the governments most recent updates as of the morning 25 March 2020.
Yesterday we released information gleaned from the CIC Industry Task Force directly regarding the confusion over whether certain sites should be shut down with immediate effect, what constitutes a critical level of urgency, and how we are working towards greater clarity and insight for all in the built environment in these trying times.
As stated by the governments latest guidence on staying at home and away from others,employees are urged to work from home wherever possible.
In cases where they can not work remotely, due to providing a front-line service, operating machinery, or working in construction or manufacturing – employees MUST maintain a two-metre distance at all times as required by Public Health England,and not come into work if they show even mild symptoms of the virus. On sites where this can’t be managed the management must make the decision to shut down the site.
To be clear, that means travel to and from work in these instances is permitted so long as workers are entirely free of symptoms and they can maintain social distancing from others during their journey.
CABE appeals to the industry to follow Public Health England guidelines and ensure that the health and safety of the public and the workforce are at the forefront of making any decisions. This includes ensuring that sites are left in a safe and secure state, if it is determined that they must close temporarily.
As safety is of primary importance, we implore our community to ask themselves if the work is absolutely essential to the functioning of vital services.It is CABE’s view that the VAST MAJORITY of sites should now close and all that building engineers need to consider if their project really counts as essential works.
We recognise that certain projects need to continue due to offering an essential public service, and we are deeply grateful to the Building Engineers who continue to support the country in this time of national emergency.
If you are self-employed and concerned about the financial impact, we have been reassured that Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is working on a support package similar to that available to employed persons.
We will keep providing updates and offer support through communication and insight as more information comes to light.
Thank you again for unwavering support and steadfast participation in keeping safe, whatever those measures may be.
Dr Gavin Dunn
BSc MSc PhD FCABE
Chartered Building Engineer