Construction and engineering firms continue to faceunique project circumstancesas the coronavirus outbreakpersists. Construction in North Carolina was deemed essential at the onset of Governor Roy Cooper’s shelter-in-place orders in late March 2020. The challenge of creating safe spaces and routines on job sites is evolving as constantly as the daily case counts. Some key considerations when managing the logistics of job site personnel are maintaining social distancing while on location, disinfecting equipment, and travel.
Some options for maintaining a six-foot clearance between workers include the following:
Staggering breaks to reduce the volume of people gathered in the same area
Limiting the number of people attending site meetings
Strategically–placed signage per OSHA guidelines
Close monitoring of visitor sign-ins
Continuous team communication
Health monitoring and sanitizing gear is essential to job site safety during the pandemic as well. Utilizing temperature guns and providing individual hand sanitizers as well as disposable masks will allow staff to self-check potential symptoms and minimize exposure to the virus. Assigning rotating sanitation shifts and creating a daily log will be useful and should include the disinfection of all door handles, machinery, tools,equipment, taps, soapdispensers, etc. Installing touchless foot door openers is also a strong method for reducing the spread of germs or bacteria.
Reducing the travel of workers to only one or two occupants per company vehicle is also a sound precaution during this time. Monitoring symptoms daily will reduce anxiety from team members. Some firms are beginning to inquire about autonomous robots or machines that can perform construction tasks without the need for human operation. The future of development is upon us.
If you would like to know more about WithersRavenel’s specific policies and procedures to keep our employees, clients, and vendors safe, please contact Senior Vice President of Operations Chan Bryant at (919) 535-5202 or email@example.com.
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