COVID-19 has set back many industries, including the construction industry. People are forced to make changes to adapt to the new situation. As workers make their return to their work-sites, there are many things that employers must change to ensure safety for everyone involved.
Here are a few ways in which the entire construction industry will change due to COVID-19:
New Safety Policies
Although COVID-19 is not a work-related hazard, it has forced people to change a few policies to make the workplace safer. First of all, every employee should get their temperature checked at the start of the day to ensure that no one is sick. Secondly, everyone needs to sanitize their hands regularly. Alongside using sanitizers, they must also wash their hands. Another significant thing to keep in mind is that everyone must practice proper social distancing. Shift times have changed to ensure that there are fewer employees on site.
These changes are implemented to ensure that everyone is clean and healthy. While it is a little challenging to apply, both the employer and the employee must adhere to these policies with proper commitment.
More Focus On Technology
Due to this pandemic, there is much focus on technology. While most industries have shifted toward ‘Zoom’ to hold their meetings, it can be difficult in the construction business. With that being said, few immediate changes have allowed less physical contact in the construction industry. Some companies have introduced web-based tools that will enable their clients to check the progress of any project without meeting in person. Also, since everyone has to get their temperatures checked, new tech tools would allow people to take the temperature remotely. Employees could actually wear hats with built-in alerts that warn people if they are standing closer than 6 feet.
Delays In Projects
This might be one of the most significant impacts that COVID-19 has had on the construction industry. Due to this pandemic, the timeline of projects has unsurprisingly been increased. Many projects are delayed, and the newer ones are taking more extended amounts of time than before.
This might not be good for companies, but from the employee’s perspective, this is beneficial. This is because employees will not have to work overtime, and they can also practice safety precautions of COVID-19.
Almost every industry is doing its best to work remotely. Many experts believe that this style of living will become the new norm. Due to that, people are more focused on remote technology than meeting in person. Companies are transitioning to remote work policies rapidly. This might be a good thing for companies as well because it will assist them in managing costs in lean time. On top of that, it will also keep workers healthy and safe, which is a significant concern for everyone.
Different Types Of Projects In The Future
While going through this pandemic, many people have realized that there’s an urgent need for more hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities. At the same time, the entertainment business will suffer. Construction companies will have to keep the social distancing approach in mind when working on new projects so that they’re not risking spreading COVID.
These are just a few ways in which the construction industry is changing due to COVID-19. For any queries, kindly visit us at www.belvanconstruction.com or call us now.