Council Leaders Pledge To Continue Vital Building Safety Work
As the coronavirus crisis continues around the world, leaders from 25 councils around the UK have pledged their commitment to making sure that essential building safety work carries on at this time, in line with public health guidance.
The new signatories to the Pledge include representatives from Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Slough, Salford, Liverpool and 18 London councils, setting out their commitment to improving the safety of residential blocks while making sure that people working on sites are provided with clear information and support to ensure their own personal safety and limit the spread of COVID-19.
Sector specific guidance has now been provided by the government relating to the implementation of social distancing measures in the workplace, which has been reviewed by both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.
Updated guidance has also been provided for construction workers, clarifying that work onsite can take place if done following social distancing guidelines wherever possible.
Building safety minister Lord Greenhalgh said: “We are bringing about the biggest change in building safety in a generation backed by our unprecedented £1 billion fund for removing unsafe cladding from high-rise buildings, in addition to the £600 million already made available.
“In order to ensure the safety of residents, building safety work must resume where it can be done safely and in line with public health guidance.”
It appears as though there may be some conflict between the UK and Scotland over this particular issue, however, with first minister Nicola Sturgeon insisting that she wouldn’t not be changing her policy on keeping construction sites closed, despite the fact that numerous housebuilders have resumed work in England.
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