The wellbeing of our people, those of our suppliers and the local communities is our highest priority. Like every other organisation we are striving to do everything we possibly can to support the Governments strategy to eradicate this virus.
Following the Government announcement on 23rd March 2020 we continue to work closely with the Government via the Construction Leadership Council and our Professional Bodies in relation to the continuing operation of construction sites.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove confirmed that all major construction work should go ahead. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also defended the Government’s decision to allow building sites to remain open while ordering the majority of the country into lockdown to limit the spread of Covid-19. The efforts of the construction industry have been acknowledged by THE RT HON ALOK SHARMA MP – Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
We have implemented specific project related risk assessments for our site operations and are following the Construction Leadership Council’s agreed “Site Operating Procedures – Protecting your Workforce”. This includes measures to ensure social distancing is maintained.
We have also deployed a significant proportion of our workforce including those that were previously based on our sites to home working.
At this time we are continuing to follow Mr Gove’s and Mr Hancock’s advice that key workers employed in construction should continue to work. We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and will amend our activities according to any new Government advice.
We have completed an overall company Coronavirus Risk Assessment for Managing Coronavirus supported with a Coronavirus Risk Assessment Check List
In addition to the overall Business Risk Assessment we have adapted and prepared Risk Assessments for each of the specific working environments; Construction and outdoor work, Factories, plants and warehouses, Office and call centres, Other people’s homes and Vehicles.
We would like to thank all our people including our customers and suppliers for your enormous efforts in keeping our critical projects and services operational in support of the Government and NHS during these unprecedented times.
Osborne Coronavirus Core Incident Team