COVID-19:

Re-starting your business
guidance for construction

With ongoing Covid restrictions across the UK your business may have needed to change the way it operates or even been closed for extended periods of time. 
 
Further to the 10 things to consider when re-starting your business, we have provided specific guidance for construction businesses.

  • Ensure that competent persons / contractors are appointed to complete inspection, maintenance, servicing, and repair work.
  • Review safety control arrangements for materials, plant, machinery and equipment procurement - to ensure that measures critical to health and safety can be maintained.
  • Complete and reinstate any inspection, testing and maintenance procedures, including those of a statutory nature that may have lapsed since the shutdown.
  • Consider methods and timing of communications to employees, operatives and subcontractors  with regard to re-opening and re-starting procedures and associated expectations and proposed site rules.
  • Ensure work competence and capability of all employees, subcontractors, temporary workers and agency personnel for the activities to be carried out. Check all possess the necessary and appropriate skills and have received appropriate information, instruction and training, and hold the correct up to date certificates, and licenses, where required.
  • Additional training programmes and / or certification, instruction, information and supervision may be required, where there is an insufficient number of competent personnel with regard to your “return-to-work-policy” (where in place). 
  • Carry out enhanced cleaning, disinfection and sanitisation regimes covering the workplace in its entirety, both pre and post re-opening. Pay special attention to communal areas  and company vehicles.
  • Undertake a thorough inspection of your site including all temporary works, structures, site accommodation, machinery, plant and materials, and any hazardous operations. Locate and correct any unsafe or abnormal conditions, such as damage, maintenance issues, leaks, faulty safety and emergency systems, improper housekeeping or storage, signs of vandalism or theft, water damage etc.
  • Review existing project and site management plans to check they are relevant to the operation of the site and your activities, and you are taking all the appropriate measures to ensure a safe working environment. This includes:
    - construction phase,
    - fire safety,
    - water damage,
    - traffic,
    - waste,
    - security, and
    - own method statements and risk assessments (whether you are a principal contractor or subcontractor).
  • Where site operations and control measures need to change, plans should be updated and careful consideration given to:

    - whether new method statements and risk assessments require completion. If so, formally share the results and consequent actions  with your own employees (including any temporary and agency personnel), subcontractors, essential visitors, and where appropriate, your client.

    - whether fire, water damage, security, and COVID-19 specific precautions are in your review, implementing changes and / or enhancements where necessary to maintain an appropriate level of protection.
  • Further support can be found on the construction sector page of our Allianz risk management portal, in the Construction Insurance Risk Engineers Group (CIREG) Best Practice Guidance on Managing Escape of Water Risks on Construction Sites and via the other links to external sources of guidance and information contained in this document.
  • If you are the appointed principal contractor for the project, ensure that you source updated risk assessments and method statements from your appointed subcontractors and review these to establish that they are suitable and sufficient. Ensure that subcontractors are aware of your expectations specific to the maintenance of a safe working environment.
  • If subcontractors are involved, review existing pre-qualification requirements to establish the measures they are taking specific to assessing and controlling the risks associated with COVID-19; also check the associated communication and training they are providing to their own employees / operatives under their control.
  • Consider staggered start and finish times and whether additional entrance/ exit points are required to reduce site traffic.
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The risk management information and guidance provided herein is not intended to be advice for any specific requirements.

Readers should seek further advice when dealing with their individual and particular situations. Allianz Insurance plc shall have no liability for any action taken as a result of and in reliance on the information contained in this document. The information contained in this document is correct at date of going to print and may be subject to change at any time.  All rights reserved