Now is a very uncertain time for a good portion of the world amid Covid-19 concerns. But how does this pandemic affect the construction industry?
Some states have already suspending road construction activities due to the outbreak but will still perform critical functions and emergency maintenance as it is needed. So, what about the residential and business construction sector?
The construction industry is definitely bracing for impact, and experts have revealed that it is only a matter of time before the effects of this pandemic spread to the construction industry, and its current and future projects.
The virus is currently affecting a number of things in the world, from travel and sporting events to class attendance and work environments. With it still expanding within the United States, many feel that a significant impact will soon be felt in the construction industry as more people become infected and quarantined. This can ultimately lead to a labor shortage and can delay ongoing construction projects. However, there are often also provisions in place to maintain the integrity of contracts in this kind of situation.
An Essential Industry
The federal government also recently released a list that detailed what a critical infrastructure industry is and who is considered an essential employee that should continue to maintain their current work schedules. Since construction is regarded as an essential industry in many cases, it is important to abide by the best practices for a construction job site.
The Builder's Association made its recommendations based on what is currently known about the virus and will be evaluated as new information is gathered.
Best Practice for Construction Job Sites
Personal responsibility, social distancing, and general job site practices should be followed in the construction industry during this time. If workers feel sick or are exhibiting any of the symptoms, they should not report to work. These symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, chills, and fatigue.
When social distancing, it is important to avoid groups of ten or more people, and a six-foot distance should be kept between people. If a meeting is required, it should be done online or through a conference call whenever possible. Finally, signage should be posted, and all communications should be shared throughout the industry.
What About Home Builds?
If you are currently in the middle of having your home built, then there should be no reason to stop its construction. It is an essential service that is needed and should continue because people require housing. However, it is going to be up to the county and area in which you reside to determine if the build is essential at the time.
Ultimately, construction is essential to the economy and is an industry that needs to continue going strong for as long as possible.
If you have concerns about your home build or anything else related to the construction of a home or business, don't hesitate to call the experts at Global Construction today for more details.