COVID-19 Safety Response Planning for Construction
The health and well being of our employees, sub-contractors and/or anyone who may enter a Marmot worksite is our main priority. Throughout this pandemic, health organizations and agencies have identified physical distancing as one of the most effective strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19. ( 6 feet or 2 meters of distancing between all individuals). This means there is to be no physical contact of any kind – no exceptions. This safety response plan has been developed to keep everyone safe and healthy while being able to continue
Your Health and Protecting Others
Employees, subcontractors etc. who fall into one or more of the following categories, will not be allowed on the worksite:
If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms;
Fever, cough, sneezing or sore throat
Mild to moderate shortness of breath
Has been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 while the individual was ill.
Has been in contact with a person while person was in self-isolation.
Has returned to Canada from an outside destination within the last 14 days.
If an employee/subcontractor is beginning to not feel well or is exhibiting flu-like symptoms including fever, they will be asked to leave the worksite and return home.
Any required site orientations will be done verbally outside, without signatures.
No transfer of papers. Foreman/Superintendent/Safety Officer or Site Supervisor will sign on their behalf.
Site Meetings and Daily Inspections
Tool Box Meetings/Hazard Assessments/Equipment Daily Inspection Reports
Live meetings are to be done in open air spaces (outdoors) with all attendees keeping proper physical distancing.
No signatures or transfer of tool box meeting/hazard assessment documents are allowed.
The meeting leader will sign off documents on behalf of attendees.
A photo of documentation will be sent to Safety Officer and Superintendents for review.
Foreman will take a photo of all equipment daily inspection reports and forward to Superintendent/Safety Officer.
Site Work Environment
All non-essential events to be cancelled or postponed (eg. Site barbeques).
Large job shacks limited to maximum 5 people and small job shacks limited to 3 people. Physical distancing required.
Site constraints are based on size using appropriate physical distancing.
Employees working in teams (formsetters/linesetters etc.) who cannot manage physical distancing must know each other well enough to be sure of the proximity risk of working together, including transportation to and from the worksite. (maximum 2 employees per truck)
For larger groups working together (concrete crews) who cannot manage physical distancing to do their work, must have a conversation with Safety Officer and Foreman/Superintendent to ensure work can proceed safely. Crews that work together all the time will have a lower risk, including transportation to and from the worksite. (maximum 2 employees per truck/van). Once crew is in place, there is to be no new assembling of new employees.
Tools, Equipment and Vehicles
Wearing gloves is highly recommended when using tools or operating equipment.
It is recommended that all employees use their own tools and sanitize before each use.
When sharing of tools is necessary, they are to be sanitized prior to, and after each use by last user.
Equipment should be sanitized before each use including door handles, steering wheels and all touchable controls.
Only one driver per vehicle and sanitize frequently.
No employee to pick up parts – wait for delivery. Limit exposure.
No gatherings are permitted in shop, including breaks and lunches.
Any personnel requiring shop supplies/services must text/call the Fleet Manager or one of the Mechanic to make appropriate arrangements.
All personnel requiring vehicle servicing will drive own vehicle in and out of shop – no exceptions. Will not remain in shop while work is in progress.
Employees to wash/sanitize hands frequently.
At breaks maintain recommended physical distance protocols.
When eating lunch maintain recommended physical distance protocols.
No communal foods allowed on worksites (eg. donuts/pizza/boxes of chicken, etc.)
Consider adjusting crews to accommodate reduced density.
Non-essential individuals (eg. unscheduled visitors, employee’s family members) will not be allowed on worksite without prior authorization from a Supervisor.
Limit amount of employees handling worksite documentation (eg. drawings/locate slips, etc.)
Photos to be taken of all paperwork and send to office (eg. supplier invoices/ M/C receipts).
Washrooms and hand washing stations located in close proximity to worksites, including both North and South yards – maintained and sanitized on a daily basis.