3 ways to manage the impact of COVID-19 in the construction industry
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all countries, people, and industries has been undeniable. The newest strain of coronavirus has sent economies all over the world into a tailspin as quarantines and social distancing measures put in place by governments have all but halted economic activity.
One of the industries most severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is the construction sector. All over the world, even some of the biggest-ticket public infrastructure projects have been put on hold, which is inevitably leading to a host of other issues, including unemployment for countless construction workers and contractors.
The pandemic is unfortunate, and the future remains uncertain, as the construction sector is now in a situation where there are lingering questions in the air as to the effectivity and validity of contractors insurance policies in the time of coronavirus. There’s also the fact that we’re still some time away from a working vaccine. However, there are still ways to manage the impact of COVID-19 in the construction industry.
Talk To Your Contractors Insurance Provider
Let’s make one thing clear first: COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus, and virus exclusions are common in some policies. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t hurt to confirm your coverage with your insurance provider, so you can act promptly on whatever stand the insurance company takes vis-à-vis your policy.
Implement Social Distancing Measures At Work
Let’s assume that you’re located in a state that allows construction work to continue despite the COVID-19 situation. Unlike in enclosed office environments, implementing social distancing measures in building sites can be a bit easier.
If your construction project has the green light to continue, then you should come up with a plan to enable physical distancing of 1.5 meters at the build site at all times. One good way of ensuring physical distancing is to limit the number of people working at the same time. Create work schedules carefully so that there won’t be too many people at the build site, which means more space for social distancing.
It would also be great if you can provide sanitizers at the job site, as well as ample soap to encourage frequent handwashing among workers.
As much as possible, tell your workers to minimize the sharing of equipment. If they have to share, provide them gloves or any protective gear to keep the possibility of infection down.
Communication is always key, especially in these trying times. Whether construction is allowed to continue or not, it’s important to keep clients, stakeholders, and staff up to date with the status of the project. And in this time of uncertainty, always be straight with everyone involved. Even if the news is bad, it would still be better to be upfront about it. Never keep people in the dark, because nothing good will ever come out of it.
These are just a few of the things you can do to help manage COVID-19’s impact on the construction industry. If you can come up with more detailed plans specific to your project’s situation, then that would be even better.
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