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A close thing for workers

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Closing ranks…

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Scotland’s site workers are getting up close and personal again after the green light was given today for the latest stage of construction’s re-start programme.

The industry can now move a step closer to full working with the go-ahead for phase 4 of its Covid-19 recovery plan. It means close working can take place on sites as long as appropriate PPE is used.

Housing minister Kevin Stewart said: “Controlled close working will enable the sector to carry out tasks that have not been possible since the lockdown began but we are of course not back to business as usual yet and the health and safety of construction workers remains the top priority.”

Progress to the latest stage was given the go-ahead only after ministers were assured increased PPE use would not have an impact on supplies required by the NHS.

Stewart added: “The sector’s response to this crisis continues to be responsible and measured but I must reiterate again how important it is that, in order to ensure public and workforce confidence and safety, that the latest Scottish Government and the safe operating guidance put in place by Construction Scotland are followed.”

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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 15/7/2020