ASUC – Trade association statement in relation to COVID 19 and our Construction sites.
In the light of industry varied response to closing down construction sites, ASUC have taken the decision to publish this statement to support our membership.
The message is simple, if you cannot comply with the Site Operating Procedures (SOP) and government instructions including HSE then close your sites down.
We have reviewed the Build UK/CLC document Site operating procedures – Protecting your workforce Found Here and the government information Full guidance on staying at home and away from others Found Here and Health and Safety Regulations and law and the implications on our members works that falls into three main categories 1) Domestic work 2) Open site works and 3) Retro fit Basement construction.
We have now concluded that our members cannot continue to operate on sites where these procedures cannot be strictly adhered to for the following reasons:
The 2m rule cannot be adopted either in travelling to work or working on site in most circumstances. We note the only exception would be in a domestic environment for emergency works. Therefore, we have recommended to our membership that all sites once made safe should be closed for the immediate future where the SOP cannot be adopted.
We understand that this will present issues on site, but the safety and welfare of our members workforce and their families has to be paramount in these unprecedented times.
Further in the light of industry comment regarding Breach of Contract and Force Majeure, ASUC will fully support its membership with Legal and Contract support should that prove necessary.
We have been supportive and still are of the Site Operating Procedures but in reality they make operating safely almost impossible.
KEEP SAFE EVERYONE AND SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE!