What a COVID-19 Safe Construction Site Looks Like

April 17, 2020 Command Alkon

With COVID-19 infections on the rise across the United States, it's imperative to implement careful measures to enhance employee safety and productivity. As Colorado's governor recently noted, "Each Coloradan infected by the new coronavirus likely has spread the disease to three or four others."

Furthermore, as we are quickly learning, the virus is also spread by asymptomatic "silent spreaders," who don't know they're contagious.

If you're running construction projects that are deemed critical infrastructure and services in the presence of the pandemic, it's essential to combine digital and physical approaches to help to keep your workforce safe—from enhanced eTicketing and eConstruction to physical barriers.

How to keep essential construction projects safe

Physical distancing and digital approaches are two of the best ways to minimize physical contact between employees in and around the construction jobsite:

Real-time eTicketing and eConstruction. A normal eTicketing process between heavy material suppliers and buyers involves paper and dozens of physical "paper touchpoints" from both truck drivers and company personnel, leaving a possible trail of infection. The coronavirus is estimated to last for anywhere from several hours to several days on paper surfaces. But electronic documents like paperless tickets can't be lost, rained on, thrown away, or transmit viruses. Truck drivers create them via their in-cab tablets. And they can be distributed without scanning, improving the speed and accuracy of the invoicing process by getting ticket information directly to your customers and back office.

Regulations and guidelines. Essential businesses employ personnel, including those who are involved in the operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects. To avoid transmitting the coronavirus, it's prudent to adopt, post at the site, and implement any social distancing protocol, rules, or regulations as required by any relevant town, city, jurisdictional, or state criteria. The federal government provides only CDC guidelines for coronavirus safety. But you'll also want to be aware of OSHA standards, including those for personal protective equipment (PPE, 29 CFR 1910.132) and respiratory protection (29 CFR 1910.134), which requires employers to assess the hazards to which their workers may be exposed.

Physical coronavirus barriers. Hand washing is an essential method for stemming the spread of the coronavirus. Consider installing more hand-washing stations, equipping portable toilets with sanitizing spray or alcohol in spray bottles, and providing workers with gloves and masks and encouraging them to use them.

Get more information on how Command Alkon’s eTicketing Essentials via our CONNEX Platform eliminates paper handling of heavy materials tickets while reducing person-to-person interaction at the plant, quarry, and on the jobsite. If you're a materials supplier or buyer, sign up for this offer by June 30th and get free eTickets through 2020.

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