Martin Caldwell, Head of Construction at Prospect Homes shares how they put in place safer working practices to help get their business back up and running following the disruption caused by Coronavirus. Find out how you can work safely here.
My name is Martin Caldwell and I’m the Head of Construction at Prospect Homes, based in the North West.
We’re into our second week back after we closed our sites from six weeks ago and have adapted well to working with our new policies and procedures.
Prior to returning we ensured we had concise Covid-19 method statements and risk assessments which were prepared in line with HBF and Construction Council guidelines. In addition to this we have also signed up to the HBF safe working charter.
Along with updated risk assessments and method statements we’ve put numerous safety messages in place for social distancing. These include additional signage across our developments reminding operatives of the two metre social distancing rules, prominent sanitiser stations throughout the developments, strict cleaning regimes to welfare facilities. We’ve adapted the sign in procedure to prevent touch points. Site offices are restricted and can only be entered with the site manager's permission. There is also now a do not disturb door tag system which enables operatives to work in a property safely, where they can turn it to green to allow other people to enter if it’s safe to do so.
Canteens and toilets have been adapted so that social distancing is adhered to.
We are aware that these new policies and procedures will affect our production however safety will not be compromised over this and our programmes will be adjusted accordingly.