Social Distancing on Construction Sites - 3 Tips to Get You Working Again

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

With the recent Covid-19 pandemic leading to government guidance on how to reduce the risk of transmission, the construction industry has been presented with a fresh challenge - how do we maintain social distancing on construction sites?

Or more importantly, how do we maintain social distancing on-site without work slowing to a snails-pace because everyone has to be two metres apart?

Whilst there are a few roles on-site than can be carried out by a single person, the majority of work by its very nature means working in close proximity, making maintaining social distancing on-site challenging.

There are, however, a number of steps you can take to allow your site to stay open, whilst still keeping everyone on the construction site safe:

#1 - Implement Site Social Distancing Screens

The CGT Site Screen is a robust, modular social distancing solution, designed specifically for social distancing on construction sites.

The partition is available with either rugged wheels or flat feet, meaning the screens can easily and quickly be redeployed around the site as needed.

Screening enables work to continue in spaces where the 2m social-distancing rule would otherwise have made the work impossible, or at least unsafe.

The CGT Site Screen can also be linked together to form a barrier, making it suitable for splitting walkways and larger working areas.

A special feature of the site social distancing screen is that the infill is constructed from polycarbonate, rather than perspex or acrylic. Polycarbonate is 250x stronger than glass and significantly more robust than both perspex and acrylic.

This makes the CGT Site Screen an ideal product for the construction site environment, as the dings and bashes that will inevitably occur on-site won't irreparably smash the screen.

#2 - Schedule or Stagger the Workforce Wherever Possible

Wherever the workforce can be staggered, or work at separate times, it will reduce the number of people there is within a space.

Although this could slow the work rate, it may enable work to progress where it would otherwise have stopped.

There also ways to schedule and/or stagger work without it impacting progress significantly, for instance, by having internal and external works in progress at the same time, as opposed to multiple internal trades working at the same time.

The staggering of start and finish times, as well as lunch and break times, will also reduce the chance of site social distancing regulations being breached.

There has also been guidance for workers to travel to the site separately, as opposed to sharing a vehicle. Staggering the times at which workers are on-site could be an easy way to ensure that separate travel occurs as well.

#3 - Sanitisation of Tools and Touch-Points

Providing hand sanitising points at prominent points on-site, especially at entrances, will massively reduce the risk of transmission via surfaces.

Ensuring that touch-points around the site are regularly wiped down with disinfectant will also help. This will include tools, machinery, door handles, control panels, stair rails, and much more.

Another simple way to limit the risk of transmission via surfaces is to limit tool and equipment sharing wherever possible.

How CGT Screens can assist

CGT Screens are UK manufacturers of social distancing protective screens for a number of applications, including commercial premises.

We manage the entire manufacturing process in-house, so are able to assist with any bespoke requirements your application may have.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements.


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