Please know that the Austin code inspectors are monitoring construction sites to ensure that social distancing and recommended hygiene practices are being observed. The city's Stay Home Work Safe Order provides general safety guidelines in Exhibit A&B of that document. Further, the city's Supplemental Guidance for Construction document (Section #2) also has guidelines that City inspectors will refer to on jobsites.
Last, we want to know what additional steps your company is taking to keep workers safe. Today, I visited with Jay-Reese Contractors in downtown Austin where they are building a new train station for Capital Metro. Safety Director Sadie Pack shared with me some of the following protocols that have been implemented there:
Capital Metro Train Station Project
Jobsite wellness prescreening at the morning safety meeting asking specific questions per the COA Safety Department : Have you or anyone you are in contact with traveled to New York or New Orleans? Is anyone in your household ill? Have you or anyone in your household had contact to anyone who is ill? Are you ill? Sign in sheet attached.
Non-employees are not allowed to enter jobsite trailer
Safety meetings are held outside the trailer with the 6 foot distancing rule.
Crew sizes are individual groups of 3- 5
Sadie Pack, Project Safety Director for Jay-Reese Contractors on the Capital Metro Train Station Project
Pre-packaged individual hand sanitizers for all employees
Individual hand washing stations are on back order 8 - 10 days we are providing hand sanitizing stations right now
No community coolers
Tools are disinfected at the beginning and end of each shift and all employees wear gloves while working
Collective touch points are cleaned and disinfected twice a day
We have no employees confirmed to have contracted the virus
All employees sign in every morning and we have individual cell numbers for everyone assigned to this jobsite.
The Austin AGC would love to showcase more about what our members are doing to Keep Austin Building Safely! Please reach out to Phil Thoden with any photos and safety measures we can share with the Austin construction community in this regard.