The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued a statement in reaction to the release of new guidance from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency that clarifies construction’s critical role in supporting essential infrastructure.
Contractors are Staggering Shifts and Crews are Cleaning Tools, Handles and Hands in Cities Where Projects Continue
March 27, 2020
Construction crews in many cities continued to raise cranes and swing hammers as much of the world shut down to stem the spread of coronavirus. While Boston and Pennsylvania ordered a halt to most construction projects, some other cities and states designated construction as an essential or crucial sector.
As the spreading of the coronavirus continues to keep officials at all levels scrambling, one thing remains constant in the U.S.—construction. Officials in both the construction industry and unions want to keep it that way, and have joined together to keep jobsites exempt from required shutdowns.
March 25, 2020
States like Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin have made construction activities exempt, but how long they will remain that way is unclear.
On the night of March 20, the state of California's Governor Gavin Newsom's office issued a full list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers on their COVID-19 resource page. The update clearly outlines construction as an essential service during the COVID-19 outbreak.
As a sales consultant, coach, trainer and leader in the trade construction industry, it is my obligation to share my thoughts on the pandemic that we are seeing rapidly unfold in March 2020. I’m writing this so that my clients and our industry will come together to take the necessary actions to navigate what is certainly uncharted territory.
The sheer volume and pervasiveness of COVID-19 cases has construction industry trade groups and others questioning the practicality of current U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule that requires workplace exposures to the virus reported and recorded.
However, Data Do Not Reflect Likely Impact of COVID-19 on Industry
March 19, 2020
Construction employment increased in 32 states in January compared to both December and January 2019, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today.
Construction Firms Are Already Taking Steps to Protect Employees, Most of Whom Already Wear Protective Equipment, While Halting Work Will Undermine Efforts to Add Hospital Capacity
March 17, 2020
“Halting construction activity will do more harm than good for construction workers, community residents and the economy. Construction firms are already acting to ensure the safety and health of their employees in the face of the coronavirus outbreak..."