Scottish Construction Covid-19 – Close Working Returns


Scotland’s construction sector can now resume close working

Scottish Construction – close working can now take place. The move to the phase 4 of the six-step phased restart model means that close working can now take place on site – with appropriate PPE use if necessary. Scottish Government were quoted as saying, “Controlled close working will enable the sector to carry out tasks that have not been possible since the lockdown began, but we are of course not back to business as usual yet and the health and safety of construction workers and the public remains the top priority.

The industry-agreed six-step phased model for the return of the construction sector is:

  • Phase 0: Planning
  • Phase 1: COVID-19 Pre-start Site prep
  • Phase 2: ‘Soft start’ to site works (only where physical distancing can be maintained)
  • Phase 3: Steady state operation (only where physical distancing can be maintained)
  • Phase 4: Steady state operation (where physical distancing can be maintained and/or with PPE use)
  • Phase 5: Increasing density/productivity with experience

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