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Sign of the times

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The Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum has started distributing signs in a bid to halt abuse of key workers by the public.

Designed to be displayed on sites or on vans, the posters are being produced following a series of incidents where workers carrying out emergency and essential projects faced harassment and verbal attacks.

The signs inform the public that workers they see in the streets or on sites are not flouting the rules but performing vital roles in line with guidelines. They include a helpline number to help clarify the situation.

Signs can be displayed on workers’ vans.

The Forum, made up of 23 trade and professional bodies as well as scores of companies and individuals, has been lobbying vigorously on the industry’s behalf since Holyrood shut down the construction sector, apart from work on hospitals and emergency interventions.

Ian Honeyman, commercial director of the Scottish Building Federation, said: “This is a time when we should all be working together and the Forum is keen to reduce any possible tensions between key workers and misinformed members of the public.”

The Scottish Plant Owners Association and the Construction Plant-hire Association have now joined the Forum.

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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 12/5/2020