New graphic helps public understand essential construction work

A new infographic has been unveiled, which aims to provide clarity over essential work and help the public understand exactly what construction projects key workers can carry out.

The resource was developed by the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum following reports that construction workers were being harassed and verbally abused while carrying out legitimate projects.

The graphic displays a checklist of projects to help the public understand the range of work classified as ‘essential’.

John McKinney, secretary of Forum members the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, the Stone Federation and the Scottish Contractors Group said, “Essential construction work is not confined to building a major hospital for Covid-19, but we know that people might not be aware of this. Greater understanding is needed among the public to understand that the key workers carrying out such work aren’t flouting the rules – they are performing essential tasks and should be allowed to do so without fear of abuse.”

John McKinney

The infographic can be downloaded here.

The Forum is also currently developing a series of free signage for contractors to use to make it clear that any work being carried out is essential.