COVID-19 Update

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

As of 24th March 2020 our Hunters Hill site is open for construction work but with the following procedures. The Government instruction regarding Staying at Home states:

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.

  • Shopping for basic necessities​, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need​, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work​, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spentoutside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

Construction work on site falls into the final category. We are therefore keeping site open but following the guidelines from The Construction Leadership Council and Construction Industry Taskforce

The Construction Leadership Council and Construction Industry Taskforce Advice

For all people working on site we ask:

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. 

If a site is not consistently implementing the measures set out below, it may be required to shut down. 

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. 

Site meetings 

  • Only absolutely necessary meeting participants should attend 
  • Attendees should be two metres apart from each other 
  • Rooms should be well ventilated / windows opened to allow fresh air circulation 
  • Consider holding meetings in open areas where possible. 

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 most common symptoms of Coronavirus are:

New continuous cough OR High temperature (37.8 degrees or higher)

  • 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.