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Coronavirus latest: Work in construction sector likely to continue

HSE social distancing guidelines are being applied on outdoor sites, according to industry sources.

There are no indications at present of outdoor construction sites closing down as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Highly placed sources said building work on these sites was likely to continue unless the client concerned sought for construction to be halted.

Industry sources said Health Service Executive (HSE) guidance on social distancing was being applied on building sites.

Building reported: The country’s largest contractor Laing O’Rourke said “we have taken steps to minimise the number of people [on sites] in any location to complete work safely and be productive”.

And Bam, whose jobs include a new headquarters building for Facebook at Argent’s King’s Cross site, said staff who work in offices have been asked not work on sites.

A spokesperson added: “Our approach is to investigate the specific risks for each project, working closely with clients and our supply chain to identify and validate potential solutions which could include pre-ordering materials, changing the programme, and changing how client meetings are held.”

Meanwhile, The Irish Times reported that: The Construction Industry Federation said on Wednesday (18th March) that construction companies were continuing to deliver on contractually-agreed commitments for public and private sector clients in the safest manner possible in keeping with HSE and Health and Safety Authority (HSA) guidelines.

“The industry has tens of thousands of employees operating on construction sites around the country. These employees are crucial to both the economy and society as they deliver critical housing and infrastructure. Construction companies are implementing the Government’s guidelines for workplaces in dealing with Covid-19 in the overall effort to flatten the curve,” it said.

“Our members will continue to deploy staff onto construction sites and take every possible step to ensure the safety of their employees and the general public whilst delivering essential construction activity.”

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Industry sources said Health Service Executive (HSE) guidance on social distancing was being applied on building sites.

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