FMB: Only emergency construction work should continue to protect workers

Reports show almost two-thirds of builders believe the government is not doing enough to support them through the Coronavirus crisis.

Digger on a construction site

Only emergency and critical construction work should be allowed to continue during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

As highlighted in reports, the FMB has found:

  • More than half (60%) of builders have already ceased between 76%-100% of their work;
  • Of those, 80% are in the domestic repair, renovation, and maintenance sector
  • Almost two-thirds (63%) of builders believe the government is not doing enough to support them
  • 80% of builders would apply for the £25,000 grant, currently only available to retail, leisure, and hospitality firms, if it were made available to them;
  • Of those 303 firms that said they would apply, they employ a total of just under 2,000 people (1,956), and most said the grant would help them survive another two to three months

As reported by 24housing, concerns have been raised across the industry as thousands of construction workers are still heading out to work.

The British Safety Council has called for clearer guidance from the government on building sites amid the Coronavirus crisis – with former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn echoing concerns to the PM at his final PMQs.

Johnson, however, has stood by Public Health England advice of social distancing if workers are still on site.

Speaking on twitter after Johnson’s lockdown speech on Monday night, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick echoed the following advice:

  • If you can work from home, do so
  • If you are working on site, you can continue to do so. But follow Public Health England guidance on social distancing
  • Outside of work, remember to #StayHomeSaveLives

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