At Turn-Key Tunneling we keep the safety of our team above and beyond any other aspects of our business. Our commitment to safety is an ongoing process of training and supervision that ensures our people and work sites are using the latest and best practices. Our job sites are continually inspected with an open exchange of ideas and concerns to proactively prevent accidents ever occurring.
This dedication to prevention is evident by our safety record. Our 100% dedication to safety has been recognized and awarded. This dedication is at the heart of every co-worker who practice what we preach, look out for one another and take pride in our quality of work.
The guidelines identify four general elements critical to the development of a successful safety and health management system:
- Management leadership and employee involvement.
- Worksite analysis.
- Hazard prevention and control.
- Safety and health training.
In the indoor construction environment, when work is determined to be essential or emergency work, and a person (e.g., coworker, visitor, resident, subcontractor) suspected of having or known to have COVID-19 is present at the worksite in close proximity to where workers would be working:
Use closed doors and walls, whenever feasible, as physical barriers to separate workers from any individuals experiencing signs and/or symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
- Consider erecting plastic sheeting barriers when workers need to occupy specific areas of an indoor work site where they are in close contact (less than 6 feet) with someone suspected of having or known to have COVID-19.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, periodically reassess engineering controls (as well as work practices and administrative controls) to identify any changes that can be made to decrease the need for N95 respirators (or other respirators with a higher level of protection) and other personal protective equipment (PPE) ordinarily used for work activities that involve exposure to hazardous substances. This can help conserve PPE that is in short supply or needs to be diverted to activities associated with higher SARS-CoV-2 exposure risks. For example, a reassessment of engineering controls may identify improvements to water delivery or dust collection systems that will further reduce ambient dust when cutting, breaking, jackhammering, or drilling.
Use administrative controls, when feasible, to reduce or eliminate the risk of exposure. Implement, and update policies to reflect:
- Standard operating procedures that follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), OSHA, state/territorial, and local guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 infection.
- Training for employees on the spread of the disease in the geographic areas in which they work.
- Screening calls when scheduling indoor construction work to assess potential exposures and circumstances in the work environment, before worker entry.