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How construction has adapted to COVID-19

Since Prime Minister Boris Johnson singled out the construction industry for his ‘get back to work’ message, companies have been working out how they can operate safely. Here we explore how Willmott Dixon has made changes to adapt to COVID-19...

In the UK, people who cannot work from home have now been told they should return to their workplace where it’s safe to do so. Willmott Dixon has published a series of pictures which show how they have adapted their projects, to allow them to carry on building during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How aree Willmott Dixon maintaining social distancing to ensure safe working?
Making extra space
Adding extra-space for welfare facilities, such as hiring large marquees.
Implementing one-way systems
For employee circulation (especially around bottleneck areas).
Introducing ‘toolbox-talks’
To help communicate the latest guidance and working practices with their employees - held in open areas (allowing for adherence of the two-metre rule).
Utilising technology
Willmott Dixon are arming their staff with GoPro technology to film progress, which they then upload to Microsoft Teams to show the latest developments and ask any questions they may have.
Handy reminders
Motion-activated voiceover systems are being used to remind staff and site visitors to abide by social distancing rules.
Keeping it clean
Hand sanitiser has been made available in all meeting rooms, on desks and site entrances and exits. Dedicated handwashing sites have also been set up to improve cleanliness.
Spacing out breaks
Staggered breaks and lunchtimes, have been introduced with clear signage to remind staff to keep to social distancing rules in canteens.

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