Construction firms across Waterford and throughout the State are ‘doing all they can’ to ensure that employees on all building sites continue to work ‘in the safest possible environment’.
According to the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), its membership has, in line with other industries, adapted to the HSE/Chief Medical Officer guidelines on social distancing.
“Many companies have now embedded social distancing into their daily routines including measures such as staggered work, social distancing in canteens, employees taking lunch individually and individual travel,” according to a CIF spokesperson.
“They now run induction talks on entry to work and hold regular ‘toolbox’ talks to constantly reinforce new safety guidelines. Building sites are complex workplaces and employers and employees are working together to address any issues of concern that arise.”
Unlike many workspaces, builders have the benefit of the natural space provided by construction sites to maintain and advance projects, several of which have recently commenced in Waterford city.
The CIF has issued health and safety guidelines regarding the “management of construction sites and behaviours for construction site personnel”.
The spokesperson added: “The industry and its 147,000 employees are critical to both the economy and wider society as essential emergency works, housing, hospitals, roads, schools and other projects are delivered. The industry will continue to work with the Government and follow advice and guidelines on this issue as they evolve over the coming weeks.
“The CIF does not condone any behaviours that contradict the HSE’s guidelines. Any such behaviour should be reported to employers so the issue can be addressed.”