Close working now allowed on Scotland’s construction sites

Scotland’s construction industry has entered the fourth stage of its restart plan as the country eases out of lockdown.

By Neil McGrory, Local Democracy Reporter
Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 1:35 pm
Ministers consented to the change after receiving assurances this would not cause shortages of PPE for NHS staff. Photo: John Devlin

This new phase permits close working on-site, with PPE used if required.

Ministers consented to the change after receiving assurances this would not cause shortages of PPE for NHS staff.

Housing minister Kevin Stewart said: “I am pleased that the construction industry can take this further, important step in returning to work and continuing its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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“Controlled close working will enable the sector to carry out tasks that have not been possible since the lockdown began, but we are of course not back to business as usual yet and the health and safety of construction workers and the public remains the top priority.

“The move into Phase 4 of the restart plan is subject to appropriate use of PPE, and we have agreed to it only after making certain that this will not impact on supplies required by the NHS.

“The sector’s response to this crisis continues to be responsible and measured, but I must reiterate again how important it is that, in order to ensure public and workforce confidence and safety, that the latest Scottish Government and the safe operating guidance put in place by Construction Scotland – are followed.”