The recent COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly impacted the construction industry, though many projects have been able to progress fairly smoothly. The only way this is possible, however, is with heightened precautions recommended by OSHA and other regulatory bodies. Here are some suggested ways construction worker personnel can best prevent the spread of COVID-19 while on the job site. 

Staying Home When Sick

There is often the imaged image of a construction worker as a rugged, resilient individual. Though this is typically the case, it is going to take more than steel-toed boots, a hard-hat, and callused hands to bring down the impact of COVID-19 on construction projects—it takes brains. All workers are encouraged to carefully assess the state of their own health to gauge whether or not they should return to work. If a worker is displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, flu-like joint aches, lack or taste or smell, etc.), they are highly encouraged to stay home from work. Not only are they putting their own health at risk by continuing to work through a potential infection, they risk infecting their entire crew and bringing any project to a halt. 

Keeping Your Distance & Cover-Up

Because COVID-19 can be easily transmitted through respiratory droplets from coughs, sneezes, or even just breathing, all construction workers are encouraged to keep at least six feet of distance between each other. When this is not possible for close-quarter tasks, workers are encouraged to don the appropriate face mask to limit their crew’s exposure to their respiratory moisture.

Be Conscious of Contact & Proximity 

Until further notice, remaining conscious of your proximity to other workers, people, and what tools you’ve touched will go a long way toward limiting the potential transmission of the virus. Be aware of how close you are to others. Be aware of which tools you’ve touched and that you were sure to wipe them down with some form of cleaning agent before and before use. Try to limit how much you touch your mouth, nose, eyes, or ears. Make sure to cover all coughs and sneezes appropriately. Before and after eating or drinking, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

A Smart Crew is a Working Crew

Though many of the procedures recommended for construction worker personnel may seem silly or unnecessary, failing to obey these protocols is a recipe for potential infection—not only for an individual worker but also for various crew members. Once an infected construction worker has infected several of his crew members, this can quickly bring additional projects to a screeching halt and jeopardize the livelihood of those involved. 

For more recommendations on keeping your workplace safe, read more of OSHA’s infection prevention materials

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