VIRUS: NON-ESSENTIAL WORK SHOULD STOP NOW

Guidance for construction industry

Published: 06 Apr 2020 15:45

By Democrat reporter

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A construction site at Westcliff in Dumbarton. Picture by Bill Heaney

By Democrat reporter

Work on construction sites, unless it is for essential projects, should stop immediately, as confirmed in new guidance for the construction industry.

The guidance makes clear that work on construction projects should cease unless it is supporting crucial work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Any project deemed essential can only continue operating if it can comply with guidance on social distancing, safety and welfare during the COVID-19 outbreak. Any site unable to meet these requirements should close.

Hyslop Fiona 2Essential projects include:

  • those to create or repurpose facilities which will be used directly in COVID-19 related activities
  • projects to create or repurpose facilities which will be used to accommodate key workers, or free up space in facilities to be used directly in COVID-19 related activities
  • projects which are considered essential public services
  • the repair and maintenance of critical infrastructure

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop, above right, said:  “We recognise that this is an extremely difficult time for businesses of all kinds, but the Scottish Government’s priority is saving lives and fighting COVID-19.

“To this end, all construction sites should close unless they are essential to the health and welfare of the country during this crisis. I want to make clear our thanks to the construction workers who are continuing to work on these essential projects.

“This guidance offers clear and comprehensive advice on how the industry should respond in these unprecedented and difficult times. I am grateful to the STUC, Unite the Union and Construction Scotland for their input.

“In this public health emergency it is vital that all businesses act responsibly and align fully with the social distancing measures introduced to protect the nation’s heath, well-being and economic future.”

NHS boards will make decisions on their own individual sites and projects, in conjunction with contractors.

One comment

  1. More pap from Economy Secretary Hyslop with the clarion cry that the Scottish Government’s priority …..” is all about saving lives and fighting COVID 19”

    Oh really Secretary Hyslop!

    All about saving lives. That’ll be why you delayed until now issuing advice on what is to stop. And that’ll be why some big contractors were up until now were forcing their suppliers and service providers to continue working whilst others were more proactively ordering work to be suspended on health and safety grounds.

    No doubt following the Westminster line Secretary Hyslop’s saving lives tagline rings hollow.

    So tell us this Secretary Hyslop. Why did you not issue this guidance earlier?

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