The Impact of Coronavirus on the Scaffolding Industry
As the Coronavirus continues to spread all over the world, we need to look at how it could potentially impact the scaffolding sector.
There have been thousands of cases reported worldwide, with 596 cases confirmed in the UK at the time of writing this post.
Although drastic measures such as closing schools, cancelling events, banning large public gatherings and working from home have been mentioned – this simply isn’t possible within the scaffolding and wider construction industry.
Reports have suggested that up to 80% of workers could be unable to work during the forthcoming weeks of the outbreak.
Evidence has shown the COVID-19 virus is already present in the industry after EDF reported that one of its workers on Hinckley Point C where two nuclear reactors are being built, has contracted Coronavirus.
The latest advice from the UK Government is that workers with symptoms of COVOD-19 are advised to self-isolate for two weeks.
The Impact on the Supply Chain
Supply chains could be impacted with some scaffolding materials like tube and fittings imported by some providers, from the virus’ country of origin – China.
For Network Scaffold, and its employees it is very much business as usual unless we communicate otherwise.
Advice on Avoiding Coronavirus
The NHS has suggested the following measures to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus –
• Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
• Always wash your hands when you get home or into work.
• Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
• Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
• Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
• Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
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