Construction scotland

Construction in Scotland begins phased return to work

New sector guidance was released yesterday (28th May) that stated that the construction sector in Scotland will move out of lockdown with a phased return.

The restart plan outlined that the industry will initially be allowed to plan their return, and then prepare sites from a safety point of view.

The next stage will be a soft start to works, where physical distancing can be maintained and only after consultation with the government to ensure it is safe to do so.

The six-step phased model for the sector’s return is as follows:

  • 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

The latest announcement gives the sector an opportunity to plan a return to work with more certainty.

It is noted that the return will include domestic work as well as work on sites.

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