Huge drop in construction site Covid-19 safety breaches


THE Building Safety Group (BSG) has reported a 41% decrease in the number of Covid-19 breaches on construction sites over a three month period.

The organisation’s report is based on 4,400 independent site inspections carried out between June and August this year.

The drop has been attributed to more companies successfully adapting to new working practices.

The most common types of Covid-19 non-compliances reported by BSG safety advisers have included: management and operatives not following social distancing guidelines; inadequate welfare facilities with insufficient cleaning regimes; too many people in the canteen area with insufficient segregation; not enough hand sanitising stations; PPE not available when required; and outdated site operating procedures found on site.

BSG MD Stephen Bell said, “We are pleased to see that Covid-19 breaches have fallen since we began risk assessing companies’ prevention measures to counter the coronavirus.

“Although we expect this downward shift to continue, now is not the time to become complacent so it is vital that our industry remains vigilant and continues to follow government Site Operating Procedure (SOP) guidelines.”