Construction Experts Share Job Site Safety Tips During COVID-19

Over the past seven months, despite COVID-19, construction projects have continued across most of North America. During this time, Butler® Builders stepped-up to super-serve their customers, while implementing new safety protocols on job sites to keep employees safe. It reflects the commitment to quality Butler Builders are known for and why each of our 1,000 Builders was hand-selected to be a part of our dealer network.

Job Site Safety

Here is what 10 Butler Builders are doing on their job sites to keep people safe*:

Bobbitt Design Build, Inc., Raleigh, NC

“Signage, self-checks, and hand wash stations. If unable to maintain social distance, masks are required. In many instances, a subcontractor crew is a “family unit” and is able to work next to each other without masks required. Those crews must be distant from other crews.” – Jim Bell, design-build division leader

Briner Building, Inc., Fort Wayne, IN

“More detail and protocol relating to social distancing and hand-washing. Some projects require daily temperature checks.” – Bryan Harshbarger, president

C2C Construction Solutions, LLC, Utica, NY

“In New York state the basic requirements are as follows: masks required only if social distancing 6′ is not possible; temp checks are NOT required; we require masks to be visible on all personnel at all times so it is available when needed; daily self-certifications are required to be filled out and kept in their own possession daily – asking the typical questions – have you been exposed? Do you have a fever or other signs? Have you traveled? etc.; daily sign-ins for all visitors; hand-washing stations at the gate and job trailers; daily sanitizing of equipment, toilets, trailers; record-keeping is critical.”
– David Kleps, president

Caladesi Construction, Largo, FL

“Everyone that comes onto our sites has to be temp tested, answer the questionnaire, and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Any employee that tests positive must have two consecutive negative tests prior to coming back to work.” – Rick Lawson, director of design-build business development

Colony Construction Corporation, BC, Canada

“Following government regulations, signage, wash stations, routine sanitizing multiple times per day for common use areas, masks on flights for remote job sites, etc.”
– Jesse Atkinson, president

James W. Elmer Construction, Spokane, WA

“Signage, one entrance to the site, hand-washing sink at the entrance, sign-in sheet, temp check at the gate, hand sanitizer stations throughout the site, masks mandatory.” – Rob Elmer, president

K2 Construction, Inc.,  Boise, ID

“K2 requires all personnel on any of our job sites or in our office to wear face masks all of the time. If an individual refuses to wear a mask they are not allowed on the job site. Additionally, we provide hand sanitizer and wash stations at the job sites. For COVID exposure we follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on working, quarantine and returning to work.” – Mark J. Kreizenbeck, president

Larson Danielson Construction, La Porte, IN

“Maintaining 6′ distance when possible, masking when within 6′, no common break/lunchrooms, cleaning common tools properly. Using hand sanitizer.” – Rich Boyd, project manager

Richardson & Richardson, Inc., Albuquerque, NM

“We provide PPE, hand cleaners, signage and, on some projects, sign-in for tracking” – Hap Richardson, president

The Sheridan Corporation, Portland, ME

“Providing strict Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, no carpooling, separate hotel rooms, fever checking as EE’s report to the job, providing masks and sanitation materials, providing job site wash stations, zoom meetings as possible.” – Mitchell Sammons, president

Is Change Here to Stay?

Has COVID-19 changed the way we do construction moving forward? We asked five Butler Builders if they anticipate the COVID-19 protocols to stay in place permanently. Here’s what they had to say:

  • “Social distancing will be around for a long time as well as Zoom type meetings. Have had to change our lodging on out of town jobs to be in compliance.”
  • – John E. Branham, CEO, Branco Enterprises, Inc., Neosho, MO
  • “Perhaps Jobsite sanitation will be a long-term change, but distancing and masks will go away after COVID is done. Probably will be more prudent about keeping sick people off the job site in the future.”
  • – Bill Derrick, president, Derrick Building Solutions, New Richmond, WI
  • “There is no plan to make it permanent. We will follow protocols during the pandemic. COVID will affect how we do construction, particularly on larger projects and it will make projects slightly more expensive.”
  • – Pino DiStefano, president, Perras DiStefano Construction & Design Services Inc., Ontario, Canada
  • “Somewhat, yes. Washington State law requires all workspaces to be “safe from injury and disease.” We feel the current measures being taken for COVID will remain in effect because of the “disease” clause.”
  • – Sam Myers, owner, Systems West Construction, Yakima, Washington
  • “At this time COVID has slowed production significantly and requires added steps by all. We believe that some protocols will stay, and others will phase out over time. But not for at least another year or more.”
  • – Steve Hentschel, owner, Whayland, Laurel, DE

The Butler Difference

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*Responses may have been edited for length, clarity, and readability. We are sharing this information as a guideline for those who manage and/or work on construction job sites. This information is not to be relied upon to prevent the spread or transmission of COVID-19 or prevent a safety violation from being issued by a jurisdictional authority. This is not legal advice. You should continually evaluate the specific hazards at your job sites along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.