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The new normal: 8 ways the coronavirus crisis is changing construction

Story By Adeline Kon/Construction Dive, April 30, 2020 click here for entire article

U.S. jobsites are reopening but the industry will not be the same. In the span of two months, the coronavirus crisis has demanded sweeping changes from the U.S. construction industry, and experts say many of them will remain in place even after the outbreak recedes. As contractors prepare to return to work on sites that have been shut down by shelter-in-place initiatives, they will face an industry that has been drastically changed.
"There are new factors coming into play now that you or I never thought about," said Joe Natarelli, leader of Marcum LLP's national Construction Industry Group?. "And people need to plan now to be prepared for the long term." From a renewed emphasis on jobsite safety to longer project delivery times and the increased influence of organized labor. Companies that try to return to a business-as-usual mentality will face a harsh new reality, Natarelli said. Here are eight ways that COVID-19 has altered the construction industry for the near future and beyond.

1. Jobsites will be cleaner and safer
2. Distancing will be the norm, via technology
3. Projects will take longer
4. Telework will become more common
5. Union influence will grow
6. Demand for project types will change
7. Supply chains will recalibrate
8. Modular adoption will increase


OSHA is committed to protecting the health and safety of America's workers and workplaces during these unprecedented times. The agency will be issuing a series of industry-specific alerts designed to keep workers safe.

Download >> COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce

OSHA has produce a one page PDF called an "OSHA Alert" for construction. When working in the construction industry, the following tips can help reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.


Federal Paid Leave Guidance Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The U.S. DOL's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of information to employers about meeting their requirements to offer emergency paid sick leave and paid family medical leave offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) starting on April 1, 2020. The guidance - provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document - addresses critical questions, such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.


OSHA's website providing guidance for preventing exposure to spreading virus.

Please use this information as a guide for information on what to do for the Coronavirus Pandemic. Please stay safe for next couple of months, when most medical experts thinks this pandemic will reach its peak and start to decline.


OSHA reminds employers COVID-19 is a recordable illness

The OSHA released on Monday guidance to help employers prepare their workplaces for an outbreak of COVID-19 - along with a reminder that any incidents of employees contracting the novel coronavirus at work are recordable illnesses, subject to the same rules and failure-to-record fines as other workplace injuries and illnesses.

While OSHA specifically exempts employers from recording incidents of employees contracting common colds and the flu in the workplace, COVID-19 is not exempt. The report also advises employers to develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan, implement basic infection prevention measures and develop policies for the identification and isolation of ill individuals.

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