The Construction Leadership Council has published COVID-19 Site Operating Procedures for contractors working on sites around the country. The new procedures state that if the guidelines are not followed then a site may need to shut down.
The new procedures were issued at a time when the Prime Minister’s Daily Downing Street briefing was cancelled to be replaced by a broadcast to the nation at 8.30pm tonight.
Speculation is rife that the country will move to a level of lockdown that would prevent construction sites operating.
Construction Leadership Council (CLC) statement was issued by trade associations to their members and in it the CLC stressed that they were doing their utmost to keep construction sites operational wherever it is practical and safe to do so.
The CLC statement was signed by Andy Mitchell and said: “To implement the Government’s social distancing recommendation the Construction Leadership Council has now published Site Operating Procedures. I would strongly recommend that these procedures are implemented by every operational construction site, with the aim of us having a standard approach across the industry that all firms and workers can adopt.
“It is also vital that the health and safety requirements of any construction activity must not be compromised at this time. If an activity cannot be undertaken safely due to a lack of suitably qualified personnel being available, or social distancing being implemented, it should not take place. We are aware that emergency services are also under great pressure and may not be in a position to respond as quickly as usual.”
Click the link to download a copy of the CLC COVID-19_Site Operating Procedures – 23 March 2020 .