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15-May-2020

Coronavirus Business Update

Coronavirus Business Update

15/05/20

As we end another week in this period of lockdown in our fight against COVID-19, we hope that you, your family, friends and colleagues remain safe and well.

We would like to reassure our customers and workforce that our business continuity plans are operational, as our staff continues to work from home during this period.

After the Prime Minister’s address on Sunday 10th May we adapted our continuity plans to align with the Government’s COVID Alert System. As the threat level reduces, we will change our working arrangements at each step, but we’ll also be ready to return to current working practices if the threat increases again at any point.

This week the Government actively encouraged the construction and manufacturing sectors to return to work and each week we are now seeing more customers implementing new safety procedures and increasing their workforce requirements.

We continue to offer services to customers where our workforce is able to operate safely in accordance with published Public Health advice for respective parts of the UK so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any staff member who can provide more detail on our arrangements and are available to support you in any way we can.

 

07/05/20

As we end another week in this period of lockdown, we hope that you, your family, friends and colleagues remain safe and well.

We would like to reassure our customers and workforce that our business continuity plans are operational and under constant review, as our staff continue to work from home during this period.

This week we’ve seen some discussion on the use of ‘marshals’ for UK sites to help ensure social distancing and safe working. Already proposed internationally, now some national UK companies have announced their intention to use social distancing marshals as part of a package of risk mitigation measures. This would help drive confidence levels amongst returning construction workers that Public Health guidance and new Site Operating Procedures are being implemented to keep them and others safe and well.  

We continue to offer services to customers where our workforce is able to operate safely in accordance with published Public Health advice for respective parts of the UK so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any staff member who can provide more detail on our arrangements and are available to support you in any way we can.

 

01/05/20

As the Coronavirus continues to impact us all, we hope that you, your family, friends and colleagues remain safe and well.

As we end another week in this period of lockdown, we would like to reassure our customers and workforce that our business continuity plans are operational and under constant review, as our staff continue to work from home during this period.

To help get construction and maintenance activity moving forward again, this week, the Government widened the availability of testing to anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home and specifically mentioned construction workers as being part of that group. This will help underpin safe working procedures on site. We are now collaborating with an increasing number of customers as more detailed risk assessments and plans are being put in place to help protect our workforce.

We continue to offer services to customers where our workforce is able to operate safely in accordance with published Public Health advice for respective parts of the UK. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any staff member who can provide more detail on our arrangements and are available to support you in any way we can.

 

24/04/20

As COVID-19 continues to impact us all across the UK and globally, we hope that you, your family, friends and colleagues remain safe and well.

As we end week one of at least a further three week period of lockdown, we would like to reassure our customers and workforce that our business continuity plans are operational and under constant review, as our staff continue to work from home during this period.

We continue to offer services to customers where our workforce is able to operate safely in accordance with published Public Health advice for respective parts of the UK. 

This week we’ve seen some of our major UK infrastructure customers reiterate their commitment to ongoing delivery of their projects, within a COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing framework. Furthermore, we are also part of major tender processes that, whilst delayed, have now started to publish their objectives in terms of how tendered work could commence within the ‘new norm’ of COVID-19 working conditions, all paying due regard to Public Health advice and resources such as the ‘Site Operating Procedures’. To that end, we are aware that at least one of our major UK infrastructure customers are engaged with the Construction Leadership Council to articulate what the construction industry’s ‘exit strategy’ might look like once the COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any staff member who can provide more detail on our arrangements and are available to support you in any way we can.

 

17/04/20

As the Coronavirus continues to impact people and businesses across the UK and globally, we hope that you, your family, friends and colleagues remain safe and well.

Today as we enter at least a further 3 week period of lockdown, we would like to reassure our customers and workforce that our business continuity plans are functioning as all our staff continue to work from home during this period. Our internal arrangements are under constant review and we will keep you updated with developments.

We continue to offer services to customers where our workforce is able to operate safely in accordance with published Public Health advice for respective parts of the UK. 

We are aware that a number of customers are, within a COVID-19 risk management framework, considering re-opening or increasing activity on some sites in the next couple of weeks. Following Public Health England issued guidelines for construction on 7th April, the Construction Leadership Council issued Version 3 of their Site Operating Procedures on the 14th April. These procedures advise on risk mitigation strategies for sites including the management of travelling, driving, access, welfare facilities, food & drink, work planning, first aid, emergencies and cleaning.

The guidelines and procedures, along with any customer site-specific risk assessments, provide an essential framework to ensure the health and welfare of construction and maintenance workers.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any staff member who can provide more detail on our arrangements and are available to support you in any way we can.

 

09/04/20

As the Coronavirus continues to impact people and businesses across the UK and globally, we hope that you, your family, friends and colleagues remain safe and well.

In these unprecedented times, we would like to reassure our customers and workforce that our business continuity plans are functioning as all our staff continue to work from home during this period. Our internal arrangements are under constant review and we will keep you updated with developments.

We continue to offer services to customers where our workforce is able to operate safely in accordance with published Public Health advice for respective parts of the UK. 

Whilst this week we have seen some well-known construction organisations furlough significant numbers of staff, we are also aware that a number of customers are considering re-opening or increasing activity on some sites after the Easter break. Public Health England issued new guidelines for construction on 7th April 2020 and an updated version of the Site Operating Procedures, from the Construction Leadership Council, is expected shortly, reflecting those new guidelines.

Also this week, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has written an open letter the manufacturing sector to clarify that ‘there is no restriction on manufacturing continuing within the current rules.’ In part, this is to help support the flow of goods and materials to construction and maintenance sites as they continue to plan work whilst implementing risk management strategies to ensure the health and welfare of construction and maintenance workers.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any staff member who can provide more detail on our arrangements and are available to support you in any way we can.

 

03/04/20

As the Coronavirus continues to impact people and businesses across the UK and globally, we hope that you, your family, friends and colleagues remain safe and well.

In these unprecedented times, we would like to reassure our customers and workforce that our business continuity plans are functioning as all our staff continue to work from home during this period. Our internal arrangements are under constant review and we will keep you updated with developments.

We continue to offer services to customers where our workforce is able to operate safely in accordance with published Public Health advice for respective parts of the UK. 

UK customers involved in essential infrastructure work or asset maintenance continue to implement risk management strategies to help ensure the health and welfare of construction and maintenance workers. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has issued its support for the Site Operating Procedures (SOP), published by the Construction Leadership Council. These align with the latest guidance from Public Health England and, as this health guidance updates, the SOP will reflect any changes. Although version two of the SOP was published yesterday, it did cause some confusion within the industry and was subsequently withdrawn, so version one of the SOP remains in place.

Network Rail has issued safe work principles to help safeguard their staff and contractors in the workplace, but as the situation is evolving everything is under continuous review.

Furthermore, to remove the risk of close contact during any type of recertification training in the workforce, Sentinel has extended all railway competencies by four months, London Underground has extended a range of competencies to the 30th June and The CSCS has extended grace periods for card renewals by a further 6 months and asked employers to use discretion towards workers whose cards have expired from mid-March onwards.

We’d like to thank all those workers that are out on the rail network helping to ensure that other key workers such as those in the NHS are able to get to work safely.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any staff member who can provide more detail on our arrangements and are available to support you in any way we can.

 

27/03/20

We would like to reassure our customers and workforce that our business continuity plans are functioning as all our staff continue to work from home during this period.

Many within our workforce have been designated as key workers given their important role in helping to maintain rail networks and we are pleased that customers have endorsed this approach. We’d like to thank all those workers that are out on the rail network helping to ensure that other key workers such as those in the NHS are able to get to work safely.

However, we have also seen many construction sites closed or reduce to a skeleton workforce in recent days but we continue to offer services to customers where our workforce is able to operate safely in accordance with published Public Health advice for respective parts of the UK.  A number of work locations are following the best practice guidelines ‘Site Operating Procedures’ issued by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) on the 23rd March 2020.

All functional departments have robust plans in place to support the needs of customers and our workforce. Our arrangements are under constant review and we will keep you posted with developments.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any staff member who can provide more detail on our arrangements and are available to support you in any way we can.

 

24/03/20

We would like to reassure our customers and workforce that our business continuity plans have moved to a new phase following the measures and restrictions introduced last night. Revised plans have been implemented this morning and it is business as usual, within a strict framework of measures to minimise the risks to staff health and welfare.

Having been operating since last week with a mixture of home working and attendance at controlled office environments, this morning we moved to wholly operate from home locations. All functional departments have robust plans in place to support the needs of customers and our workforce.

‚ÄčOur arrangements are under constant review and we will keep you posted with developments.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any staff member who can provide more detail on our arrangements and are available to support you in any way we can.

 

18/03/20

As the Coronavirus continues to impact people and businesses across the UK and globally, we hope that you, your family, friends and colleagues are safe and well.

We would like to reassure our customers and workforce that our business continuity plans have been implemented and that it is business as usual, within a strict framework of measures to minimise the risks to staff health and welfare.

Temporarily we have reorganised our staff structure and, through a mixture of home working and attendance at controlled office environments, all functional departments have robust plans in place to support the needs of customers and our workforce.

‚ÄčOur arrangements are under constant review and we will keep you posted with developments.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any staff member who can provide more detail on our arrangements and are available to support you in any way we can.