Exposing a gap: construction safety and COVID-19
By its very nature, construction is a dangerous activity requiring many people to work in close quarters in an ever-changing environment. Our industry works continuously to evaluate the programs, procedures, equipment and enforcement mechanisms that keep our people safe.
West Michigan has a great record for construction safety, but the recent COVID-19 crisis appears to have exposed a blind spot that many of us did not see coming.
I have been in contact with dozens of general contractors and trade contractors over the last two weeks regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. Many of us have been scrambling to implement and communicate new procedures and protocols related to communicable diseases. We have also learned a great deal from businesses outside of the construction industry. The following are just a few suggestions for those looking to strengthen their safety programs during this time.
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