COVID-19: Industry must play its part

COVID-19: Industry must play its part

The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum, of which CECA Scotland is a leading member, has echoed calls for the industry to “play its part” during lockdown ­and has urged workers to keep following vital health and safety guidance.

The reminder comes after the Scottish Government strengthened lockdown restrictions on Wednesday (13 January), making the ‘stay at home’ guidance enforceable by law. Construction is allowed to continue and this is largely due to industry redoubling our efforts to stick to the rules and make sites COVID-19 safe.

It is however essential for companies to continue to comply with current rules and for everyone in construction to take responsibility for stopping the spread of Coronavirus.

The CICV’s call has been backed by Ken Gillespie, Construction Scotland, Industry Leadership Group, who has urged the construction industry to follow safety measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Mr Gillespie said: “The new variant of the virus spreads more easily, so all the rules in place to protect you, your family and your community are more important than ever before. “We are once again at a critical stage in controlling the virus and whilst we know that the vaccine is on its way there are tough weeks ahead and it is all of our responsibilities to play our part in stopping the spread.”

New Safe Operating Guidance

Construction Scotland has issued new Safe Operating Guidance for the construction sector. 

The updated guidance reinforces measures already in place, reinstates previous, stricter requirements and introduces new measures.  These include stricter management of Toolbox Talks to avoid close contact, minimising of car sharing, home working where possible, increased ventilation, greater use of face coverings and stricter cleaning.

CECA Scotland members are encouraged to review the updated guidance and take any necessary steps to redouble COVID-19 safety precautions.