Managing the risks of Covid 19 On A Building Site

During this unprecedented time of Covid 19 virus in Australia and around the world, we have had to change the way we do things with our clients and the construction process.

The safety and wellbeing of our team and our clients is our top priority. Some clients have put new buildings and renovations on hold at this time of uncertainty. We respect their wishes and understand why this is so.

Some however wish to continue with construction on a needs basis. We are in a position to continue doing this work while managing health and safety on site.

We have in place a set of strict measures that our team will follow to ensure this is done. The following post will detail exactly how we do this to give you peace of mind.

Physical Distancing

The number of tradies on a worksite can vary every day depending on the work required to be done. It’s not uncommon to have an electrician, plumber, delivery driver and builder on site at the same time. To reduce the risk of potential exposure to Covid 19, we follow these actions:

  • Keep at least 1.5 meters apart from each other.
  • Limit personal interactions – if required, they are done at 1.5 meters.
  • No sharing of tools and equipment.
  • Split shifts – have a morning and afternoon crew on site.
  • Create specific walkways around the property to maintain distancing.
  • Place signage as a reminder to keep your distance on site. 

Health Checks and Quarantine

Our team at Nikal is monitoring our workers health on a daily basis and their interactions with others.

All workers are directed to report to the on site manager if they feel they have any symptoms of the virus or have been in contact with a person that has the virus or symptoms.

Any worker reporting they are experiencing symptoms or have had contact, will not be permitted on site and will be directed to seek medical treatment to confirm their symptoms or contact with others. They must then produce certified evidence they are clear to return to work.


Good personal hygiene is key in minimising the chance of getting the virus.

Construction workers are always touching surfaces, materials and tools while working. We have increased regular cleaning of these items using cleaning agents. In addition, workers will wear gloves and use soap or sanitiser before and after fitting gloves. These items will be disposed of off site.

In addition, all tradies are directed to cover their face if sneezing or coughing into their elbow or a tissue. Tissues will be disposed of off site and workers will wash their hands and arms as required.

All workers are directed to not shake hands, avoid touching their face and keep their distance from each other.

Deliveries to the work site

Non essential deliveries such as lunches will be cancelled. Materials delivery drivers will be given clear instructions on placement of the goods and social distancing. Paper work is to be sent electronically and not handled. Gloves will be worn when moving materials and items wiped down where possible.

Safe Work Australia and the Masters builders Association of QLD has produced valuable information on how to manage the work site and build of a property.

With constant management, these steps can be managed well and work can be completed safely. For more information, please contact us today.

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