Site workers and their families feel at risk and without a voice

Construction workers

Construction sites remain open if they can comply with guidelines, the problem is no one seems to be checking rules are being followed - the wife of one worker speaks out

When I saw the public outcry over hundreds people allowed to congregate on Westminster Bridge to clap for the frontline workers last week, I thought “If only people knew hundreds congregate every day while working on construction sites”. My husband went back on site earlier this month, and from what he is seeing contractors have implemented systems but many are not practical or are being ignored, with no one to oversee that social distancing is being followed.

Government guidelines have used loose language so contractors are getting away with saying advice “should” be followed “wherever possible”. On my husband’s site, changing rooms still have workers getting changed next to one another. To get on and off site you must cross a walkway less than 2m wide. This leads into corridors taking you further into site. Workers constantly pass one another.

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