Please note: The information contained in this article is correct as of 21/04/2020. Due to the developing nature of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, advice is subject to change and, as a result, we advise you speak with a solicitor for specific legal advice.

Under the current guidelines, workers are permitted to leave their home for work if such work cannot be done at home. Construction workers therefore fall into that category.

Despite this, many companies and sites have taken the decision to shut up shop for fear of endangering their workers. However, after consultations with a consortium of clients, one construction company, Red Systems, has produced a HSE approved model for the safe operation of construction sites.

The model evidences how work on construction sites can be continued whilst still complying with social distancing, meaning that workers are protected and the industry is kept moving.

The government has been clear in its recent guidelines that where it is safe to do so, the construction industry is encouraged to continue.

The Red Systems model includes recommendations for daily site briefings and training operatives as well as making it clear that all workers must be supplied with, and wear, the correct PPE at all times.

Red Systems are also appealing to other companies in the sector to provide their input so that the model can be developed and fine tuned as the ongoing situation develops.

Farleys’ commercial law solicitors are continuing to monitor the ongoing coronavirus situation and provide advice in line with up to date government guidance. For legal advice on a range of matters relating to the outbreak including commercial contracts, commercial leases, employment law, and corporate law and finance, get in touch with Farleys Solicitors today on 0845 287 0939 or contact us by email.