Doing Our Part Together

Where were you when you first heard the news about the "novel coronavirus"? For a majority of us, the first reports of the most deadly and influential virus of this era may have felt overwhelmingly insignificant, at the time.

Fast forward a few months, and the powerful and unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) has swept through nearly every country on the globe and has altered every day life as we knew it.

Deemed an essential business by local authorities, the general contracting and excavation teams at R. Carlson & Sons quickly adopted federal, state, and local guidelines in an effort to work safely while fighting the pandemic.

At this time, more than ever, we are committed to continuing to do what we do best: safely building what matters.

Jobsite Preventative Measures

Our employees rallied around our Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan in an effort to do our part in defeating the coronavirus.

Daily measures are being taken at every one of our jobsites, in our corporate office, and our warehouse.

Our team of on-site construction managers have been closely enforcing and monitoring the following COVID-19 preventative measures, in an effort to ensure safe safe workplaces:

  • Any employee/contractor/visitor showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to leave the jobsite and return home.
  • Employees must avoid physical contact with others and shall direct others (co-workers/contractors/visitors) to increase personal space to at least six (6) feet, where possible. Where work trailers are used, only necessary employees should
    enter the trailers and all employees should maintain social distancing while inside the trailers.
  • Safety signage installed at all jobs in an effort to raise jobsite awareness and provide constant safety reminders to all workers.
  • During Safety meetings conducted in-person, attendance will be collected verbally and the foreman/superintendent/trainer will sign-in each attendee. Attendance will not be tracked through passed-around sign-in sheets.
  • All in-person meetings will be limited. To the extent possible, meetings will be conducted online or by telephone.
  • Employees are encouraged to limit the need for N95 respirator use, by using engineering and work practice controls to minimize dust. Such controls include the use of water delivery and dust collection systems, as well as limiting exposure time.
  • Hand washing stations are being supplied, where possible. Hand sanitizing stations have been implemented, as an alternative safety measure to hand washing stations.
  • Port-A-Johns are being cleaned biweekly, in lieu of the typical weekly cleanings.
  • Employees are encouraged to stagger breaks and lunches, if practicable, to reduce the size of any group at any one time to less than ten (10) people.
  • Employees are encouraged to minimize ride-sharing. While in vehicles, employees must ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Employees should limit the use of co-workers’ tools and equipment.
  • In lieu of using a common source of drinking water, such as a cooler, employees should use individual water bottles.
  • Daily tracking of on-site personnel being logged by on-site construction manager.
  • Daily temperature checks are being mandated for all interior construction projects.
  • Alcohol based disinfectant wipes are being used to regularly clean commonly touched surfaces (i.e. door pulls, vehicle handles).
Written By: Bill Sieczkowski III, Program Manager

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