Managing Risks of COVID-19 While Working in Occupied Facilities

Construction Executive

In an article published online in Construction Executive, Associate Jessica Burns discusses how contractors can manage risks related to COVID-19 as they work in occupied facilities. 

“In a COVID-19 world, the risks are exacerbated, and a project slated to be completed on time and within budget can be thrown off track by an unexpected outbreak on the job site,” Burns writes. “Working in facilities such as schools, airports and office buildings, while occupied by the end-user and its staff, only heightens the cause for concern, exposes the contractor to third-party claims and may place the project’s timely completion in jeopardy.”

Burns further explains that best practices for mitigating the risks associated with working in occupied facilities include establishing a job hazard assessment plan as well as a contract management plan. Such measures will address the safety of all parties involved and ensure the project can be completed on time and within budget.

“As flu season approaches and contractors prepare for the heightened threat of COVID-19 on construction activities, best practices mandate establishing and implementing a job hazard assessment plan that identifies the risks presented by COVID-19 and the measures to mitigate those risks,” Burns says. “Contractors should also enter into subcontract and purchase agreements with heightened scrutiny and an eye toward maintaining a pool of healthy, skilled laborers to ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget.”

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