The Scottish Government has set out its road map for the construction industry’s return to work. It will be slow and uncertain warns Roddy Cormack as he takes a closer look at the implications.
JCB is to lay off nearly 1,000 people at its UK factories. Five hundred agency jobs will also go as the company faces a 50% fall in global demand due to the effects of Covid-19.
The Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum has started distributing signs in a bid to halt abuse of key workers by the public. The posters follow a series of incidents involving workers on emergency projects.
JCB is partially re-starting production at five of its UK factories. Its production lines came to a halt on March 18 and the majority of 6,500 employees have been furloughed since April.
House builders in Scotland will soon be able to apply for short-term loans of up to £1m from a Scottish Government virus fund. SMEs with liquidity issues can ask for a share of the £100m emergency fund.
Covid-19 latest: Construction and earthmoving equipment sales in the UK have been devastated, just 10% of CEA companies are working as normal and key workers are being harassed by the public.
Plant operators will soon begin the mammoth task of excavating more than 30 million cub. metres of material as part of the HS2 high-speed rail project. Total value of the section is £2.269 billion.
Criminals are taking advantage of site shutdowns to embark on a plant theft spree. Equipment is being taken from vehicles and compounds as hirers and contractors park up due to the coronavirus.
A council boss has demanded a permanent fix for landslip problems on a major trunk road where £80m has been already been spent on a “sticking plaster approach”.