Construction leaders push to extend site working hours

Aaron Morby 2 years ago
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Construction leaders are in talks with local authorities about extending working hours as the industry battles to raise productivity.

Representatives from Build UK are now in talks with the Local Government Association to facilitate the extension of permitted working hours for construction sites across the country.

The talks come amid growing tension among subcontractors and main contractors about productivity and delivery deadlines for work packages on sites.

Main contractors are said to be trying to hold subcontractors to contract terms, even though they are expected to operate 2m social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.

One subcontractor said: “We are in an impossible situation, we are being told we signed a contract and have to stick to its terms, which is nearly impossible in terms of timely delivery using new site operating procedure guidelines.”

Contractors hope to use extending daylight hours to allow them to stagger workforce travel arrangements as well as raise daily outputs on sites.

Build UK is also aiming to help open up the supply chain by demonstrating the rising demand for materials after the initial wave of site shutdowns.

The industry body for main contractors and specialist trade associations is also seeking further guidance from Public Health England on the use of PPE and RPE to prevent the transmission of coronavirus on construction sites.

It is also asking for clearer guidance on 15 minutes’ face to face contact as set out in the Government’s guidance on social distancing in the workplace for construction.

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