Whole regions are being quarantined to prevent the spread of coronavirus (now called covid-19). Thankfully for most of the World so far these areas are mainly in China, with pockets in Italy, South Korea and a few other countries.
Obviously for many there’s no reason to panic and the virus seems a long way from most of us. But, no matter where you are in the world your construction project could still feel the ripple impacts of coronavirus.
How coronavirus could impact your construction project
What you can do to protect your construction project
If the virus spreads to your area
Keep an accurate list of people working on the project and entering the project. This should have contact details in the event that someone is taken ill with the virus on your project, so that people who have been in contact with the ill person can be contacted.
If your region is directly impacted by the virus there will be transport disruptions. Workers may be prevented from coming to work. Have a plan in place to secure and shut down the project so that it’s safe. Work could be disrupted for several weeks.
Keep your client informed and discuss closure of the project with them should this be necessary.
Conclusion - control the impacts on your project
Coronavirus may have only a small impact on your construction project. However, it’s important to be prepared and understand your supply chains and how your project could be impacted.
For the present avoid undertaking projects in areas at risk of the virus. Avoid travelling to risk areas.
Hopefully the outbreak of coronavirus or covid-19 will quickly pass into the medical history books, as did SARS and swine flu.
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