The new normal is not normal at all. Bunkered down to help flatten the curve, video conferencing and homeschooling. While most organizations are grappling with this new way of doing business, many industries must persevere as they are mission-critical to preserving our society and ensuring we get through to the other side, bruised, but not battered. The construction industry is one such industry.
Employing millions of people around the world, construction is vital to the creation and maintenance of key resources such as hospitals, homes, commercial, retail, and critical infrastructure.
During this time of mass shutdowns, we all need the construction industry to find a way to work through.
Important measures have been put in place across the construction industry globally to fight the spread of COVID-19.
- Additional hand wash stations
- Social distancing
- Additional signage
- Temperature screening
- More frequent cleaning
- Capacity limitations on amenities
- Limited physical contact with equipment
All critical measures to educate everyone to act in the interest of flattening the curve.
However, if a worker tests positive to COVID-19, everyone they may have been working close to over the past 14 days could be at risk of infection, and may not yet be exhibiting any symptoms such as high temperature.
Construction groups must know where workers have been throughout a site and who also spent time within that same work area.
In order to take decisive action, you must be able to produce historic reports of the site, work area and time of attendance of a worker, for the past 14 – 20 days, should they test positive to COVID-19. A contact trace report, listing the workers who were also within that site or work area during the same time is also critical.
Digital awareness of worker attendance across multiple sites enables immediate and decisive isolation action to be taken in the event of a positive case. Such targeted isolation actions can be the difference between isolating 30 workers and shutting down an entire site.
This level of digital awareness is not a productivity or a punitive measure. Digital awareness across construction is now a public health-related obligation for the benefit of the people employed within the industry and for the communities the industry enriches.
Find out more about the BlueCats Digital Awareness solution for construction here.