Why Construction Fences Are More Important During COVID
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The construction sector has faced many challenges in light of the pandemic. Safety concerns on construction sites have increased as workers fear the transmission of the virus on the job. To avoid a sense of panic on the worksite, every precaution that can be taken should be taken. As a result, construction fences are more important than ever during COVID.
Providing a More Secure Site
With fears of transmission on the job, fences can help reduce traffic flow on the site. They can improve security so workers know people arriving on site must follow certain protocols before they are allowed to wander about the site unsupervised. Temporary security fences help reduce the risk of transmission for those on the site. By installing a fence you help draw a clear line between workers and the public.
Employee well-being is top of mind. Installing construction fencing helps improve protocols to ensure anyone reporting to work is not displaying symptoms of the virus. Having a designated access point where workers enter the job site allows you to screen for symptoms, take temperatures and ensure anyone displaying symptoms is not allowed to work until their symptoms are gone.
Shared tools at a job site might also be a cause for concern for construction workers. Temporary security fencing can help manage tool sharing and ensure tools that have been sanitized are kept in a separate area. This increases worker confidence that they are using tools that have been cleaned and sanitized to reduce the risk of virus transmission.
Consistency for Specialty Contractors
Construction fencing can also help direct specialty workers such as mechanical and electrical workers to designated reporting stations. In these areas, they can undergo the same protocol as full-time construction workers for screening. This reduces the risk for anyone with the virus entering the site to join the crew.
Deliveries by truckers who might be considered high risk for transmission can be monitored using construction fences in hand with signage. Drivers can be directed to a designated area where their deliveries are received to reduce interaction with site workers. Proper protocols such as handwashing stations and mask-wearing at these areas can keep everyone safer when deliveries arrive. You can also provide washroom facilities as a courtesy.
Visitors to the site such as the clients financing the project must also feel safe. Fencing helps guide them to authorized areas, while also ensuring their visits don’t cause concern for site workers. They should be following the same protocols, such as being screened, hand washing and mask-wearing. Having a visitor welcome entry point where site guidelines can be reviewed ensures everyone adheres to proper protocols.
As with any construction site, you also have a responsibility to keep the community safe. While this is no different during the pandemic, workers might feel safer knowing fencing helps keep community members from wandering onto the site. Fencing keeps local traffic away while ensuring people can’t enter the site without authorization.
As long as COVID poses a risk, it is important to make workers feel as safe as possible, while also helping to protect the community.