What Will Our Businesses and Job Sites Look Like in the Future?
In a time when everything feels uncertain, knowing that steps are being taken to re-open construction sites, businesses, and shipping will resume, helps to ease the stress and anxiety. The last few weeks have definitely put our jobs, families, and sanity to the test, but we will see the end of this and be bigger and better than before. The way we operate our businesses in the office and out in field must completely change moving forward. Our first blog post of May 2020 will highlight some of the steps we at Pecora are taking to ensure the health of our employees, customers, and carriers, as well as what on the job construction sites will look like in the future.
At Pecora, we are taking the necessary steps to ensure a safe environment for our employees, customers, distributors, and carriers. To us, this means wearing gloves, masks, and washing our hands regularly while manufacturing, packaging, and shipping our products. We are committed to protecting you and safely providing the products you need for your project.
At the start of each day, a 24-hour bacteria/virus disinfectant is used on all touch-points throughout the offices and warehouse. All common surfaces are cleaned during the day as well. Those who can telework are at home while essential functions are operating under state and CDC guidelines. Limiting the number of employees in a given area ensures that social distancing can be maintained at all times. All employees are required to abide by the current CDC recommendations by wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining healthy habits. Gloves are also worn during manufacturing, handling of freight, and paperwork. Streamlined access points into and out of our facility areas allow drivers to pick up or drop off freight with adequate room for social distancing. To comply with state and local regulations, all drivers are required to wear masks while in our warehouse or office areas.
Moving forward, construction sites will look just a little different than we are used to. According to the NYTimes, construction workers in New York will begin each day by checking their temperature with a thermal forehead scan. When traveling on service elevators, floor markings will indicate where they stand to ensure social distancing. In Seattle, Washington, Governor Jay Inslee has implemented a three-phase plan to reopen construction. The first phase aims to resume existing construction projects while completing “low-risk” tasks where workers stay at least 6 feet apart. The only stipulation is that contractors must meet the safety plan requirements in order to restart the work. “Eventually work sites could be shut down if they’re not in compliance with these orders,” (The Seattle Times). The second phase looks at allowing work where laborers may have to be closer than 6 feet. Phase three focuses on opening construction on high-rise and large transportation projects. Inslee’s plan also requires project constructions sites to have a “COVID-19 site supervisor” (The Seattle Times). This person will monitor the health of workers and implement the project safety plan. As of May 1st, all public and private construction sites will be open in Pennsylvania. The requirements for reopening include: maintaining 6 feet apart when possible, handwashing stations throughout the job site, workers must wear masks, no carpooling, the regular cleaning of tools, no sharing of tools, no social gatherings of more then 10 people while staying 6 feet apart, and the exclusion of sick workers and unnecessary visitors on site. There were a few states who deemed construction an essential business during the pandemic with local jurisdictions creating their own constraints for construction work. In Dallas County, Texas, worker’s temperatures are taken before and after each shift, portable toilets are required on site, there is a limitation on sub-contractors, and 15-minute breaks for every four hours are provided so workers can wash their hands. If these restrictions are not followed, the county will fine up to $1,000 or a 180-day jail sentence.
It is times like these that make you feel like any ready-made disaster plan is just thrown out the window. We must work together, know, and believe that life will go back to normal as long as we listen to our state and local guidelines, wash our hands, wear masks, stay safe, and take each day one at a time. Don’t forget to check back frequently on our social media and website for updates.