“The Government’s commitment to allow safe construction work
to proceed under Alert Level 3 is excellent news, and we encourage all our
members to adopt the COVID-19
Construction Protocols recently developed through exemplary
industry-government collaboration,” says Paul Blair, Infrastructure NZ CEO.
“The protocols were developed by construction industry
representatives from CHASNZ, WorkSafe, Civil Contractors New Zealand and
Registered Master Builders, among others, and under the leadership of the
Construction Sector Accord.
“The protocols comprise a comprehensive set of health and
safety guidelines and rules for working under Alert Level 3, in the residential,
civil, and vertical construction sectors.
“We encourage all our members to familiarise themselves with
these protocols, available on the
CHASNZ website, to both keep workers safe and give them the confidence that
it is safe to return to work.
“Civil Contractors New Zealand is hosting a webinar 9:30am on
Monday morning to explain the protocols and answer questions. A limited
number of places are available.
“It is vitally important that all firms follow these
protocols. The last thing we want is to cause a return to Level 4 lockdowns.
“Construction not only improves the built environment and
supports our well-being, it also bolsters a host of other infrastructure
professions including architects, designers, engineers, investors, lawyers,
surveyors, and consultants.
“Restarting construction will help these firms get back to
work and focus will now turn to prioritising a programme of work which meets
short, medium and long term objectives
“We commend both the speed with which industry was able to
develop these protocols and the Government’s swift decision making.
“This crisis has shown how valuable it is to have true
partnership between industry and government. We look forward to continued
collaboration,” says Blair.
For further information and comment contact Paul Blair on 021 902 436