COVID-19 Update

During the current Coronavirus crisis we are following the guidance from the Government and NHS.

Our Hunters Hill site is open for construction work but with the following procedures.

Site visitors 

  • Visitors must only come to site by appointment.
  • Visitors should contact the Site Manager on arrival on ‭07879 775929‬ and will be advised where to park.
  • Visitors will be signed in/out by the Site Manager and must not enter the LEATHWAITE compound unless advised to by the Site Manager.
  • Hand Sanitiser will be provided on site for visitors to use prior to entering a building.
  • Only absolutely necessary meeting participants should attend. 
  • Attendees should be two metres apart from each other at all times.
  • Rooms will be well ventilated / windows opened to allow fresh air circulation where possible.
  • We will hold meetings in open areas where possible. 
  • See below Symptoms of Coronavirus and if you are displaying any of these symptoms do not come to site.
  • Please notify the Site Manager as soon as you suspect you are unwell if symptoms develop whilst on site.

Estate Agents and Public attending viewings

  • Viewings must only be conducted by appointment agreed in advance with the Site Manager.
  • Members of the Public viewing properties are to be escorted by an Estate Agent.
  • The Estate Agent should contact the Site Manager on arrival on ‭07879 775929‬ (or a designated LEATHWAITE Director should the viewing take place outside normal site hours) and will be advised where to park in advance of the viewing taking place.
  • The Estate Agent will liaise with members of the public and greet them on arrival to site and advise them to park in the designated area.
  • The Estate Agent and members of the public will be signed in/out by the Site Manager and must not enter the LEATHWAITE compound unless advised to by the Site Manager.
  • Hand Sanitiser will be provided for visitors to use on entering the building.
  • Shoe protection will be provided for visitors to use on entering the building
  • Visitors should be two metres apart from each other at all times (unless in the same household).
  • See below Symptoms of Coronavirus and if you are displaying any of these symptoms do not come to site.
  • Please notify the Site Manager as soon as you suspect you are unwell if symptoms develop whilst on site.
  • Hunters Hill is currently a live building site and as such all those attending viewings will be responsible for their own Health and Safety and must follow any instructions given to them by the Site Manager.

For all people working on site we ask:

We will be following the Construction Leadership Council and Construction Industry Taskforce Advice.

The health and safety requirements of the site must also not be compromised at this time. If an activity cannot be undertaken safely due to a lack of suitably qualified personnel being available or social distancing being implemented, it should not take place. 

We are aware that emergency services are also under great pressure and may not be in a position to respond as quickly as usual. 

Site Manager should remind the workforce at every opportunity of the Site Operating Procedures which are aimed at protecting them, their colleagues, their families and the UK population. 

Self-isolation 

Anyone who meets one of the following criteria should not come to site: 

  • Has a high temperature or a new persistent cough – follow the guidance on self-isolation 
  • Is a vulnerable person (by virtue of their age, underlying health condition, clinical condition or are pregnant) 
  • Is living with someone in self-isolation or a vulnerable person. 

Procedure if someone falls ill 

If a worker develops a high temperature or a persistent cough while at work, they should: 

  • Return home immediately 
  • Avoid touching anything 
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and put it in a bin, or if they do not have tissues, cough and sneeze into the crook of their elbow. 

They must then follow the guidance on self-isolation and not return to work until their period of self-isolation has been completed. 

Travel to site 

Wherever possible workers should travel to site alone using their own transport and sites need to consider other means of transport to avoid public transport.

Site access points 

  • Site will stop all non-essential visitors 
  • Where possible we will introduce staggered start and finish times to reduce congestion and contact at all times 
  • All workers must wash or clean their hands before entering or leaving the site 
  • We will regularly clean common contact surfaces in offices, toilet block and welfare facilities.
  • Where possible we will reduce the number of people in attendance at site meetings and consider holding them outdoors wherever possible 
  • Drivers should remain in their vehicles if the load will allow it and must wash or clean their hands before unloading goods and materials. 

Hand washing 

  • Wash hands on arrival to site and regularly during the day.
  • Hot water and soap are available in the welfare unit and site toilet block.
  • Do not shake hands and avoid all physical contact.

Avoiding close working 

There will be situations where it is not possible or safe for workers to distance themselves from each other by 2 metres. 

General principles 

  • Non-essential physical work that requires close contact between workers should not be carried out 
  • Work requiring skin to skin contact should not be carried out 
  • Plan all other work to minimise contact between workers 
  • Re-usable PPE should be thoroughly cleaned after use and not shared between workers 
  • Single use PPE should be disposed of so that it cannot be reused 
  • Regularly clean touchpoints, doors, buttons etc. 
  • Increase ventilation in enclosed spaces 
  • Regularly clean the inside of vehicle cabs and between use by different operators. 

Cleaning 

Enhanced cleaning procedures should be in place across the site, particularly in communal areas and at touch points including: 

  • Taps and washing facilities 
  • Toilet flush and seats 
  • Door handles and push plates 
  • Lift and hoist controls 
  • Machinery and equipment controls 
  • Food preparation and eating surfaces 
  • Telephone equipment 

Symptons

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you’ll need to stay at home for 7 days (DO NOT COME TO SITE)
  • if you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms
  • If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

Please notify the Site Manager as soon as you suspect you are unwell or affected or email us at contact@leathwaite.co.uk

LEATHWAITE will be regularly reviewing and updating the policy as the Government guidance changes.