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COVID-19 and construction sites – new guidance published by CLC

Over the past 24 hours, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate in the United Kingdom, there has been a particular focus on the construction sector in both the media and online.

Questions have been raised as to whether this too, like many other sectors, should be in lockdown.

In the absence of any blanket prohibition at this stage, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) have helpfully published guidance to construction companies who are continuing to operate in these extremely difficult and unprecedented times.

This guidance makes it clear that, as a start point, companies must comply with Government guidance which is fluid and constantly changing. Furthermore, from a health and safety standpoint, it is also made clear that companies must not compromise their safe systems of work by, for example, continuing to operate without having suitably qualified staff on site.

Construction companies would be well advised to consult the CLC’s checklist when reviewing their own site operating procedures so that, if a decision is made to remain ‘on site’, this work can be carried out in the safest way possible.

A link to the CLC’s guidance can be found here: http://www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Site-Operating-Procedures-23-March-2020.pdf

 

The firm has also set up a support hub to assist with key issues arising from Covid-19.  This covers a range of topics including contracting, supply chains and employment. A link to the support hub is here: https://www.freeths.co.uk/coronavirus/

If you would like to talk through the consequences for your business, call our Coronavirus Helpline on 0845 404 4111 for a free consultation (on appropriate commercial enquiries only).


The content of this page is a summary of the law in force at the present time and is not exhaustive, nor does it contain definitive advice. Specialist legal advice should be sought in relation to any queries that may arise.

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