By following the commitments contained within this Charter, the industry can continue to provide much needed additions to housing supply and play its part in the country’s economic recovery while delivering on its top priority: protecting the health and safety of its workforce, visitors to site and the local community.
The Charter has been developed jointly by Government and industry to promote safe working practices, including safe travel to work, during the coronavirus pandemic. It is to be displayed around active sites to demonstrate to local people and everyone on site the measures in place and remind people of their responsibilities. It aims to help support a sustainable return to, and continuation of work across the sector.
Talking about the importance of the construction industry signing up to this Charter, Neil Martin, the Chief Executive Officer for Lendlease Europe, said: “Many house builders across the country, including Lendlease, have now commenced a gradual return to work, in a structured way that ensures the safety of our people, their families and the communities where we work.
“Different sites provide unique challenges and our teams have been reviewing how tasks can be performed effectively and safely while operating in line with the government’s directives as issued by Public Health England. This has involved very detailed engagement with our partners, clients, contractors, supply chains and their workforce, as well as other specialists. We are now opening those sites when we can operate safely and in compliance, albeit this is on a limited basis.
“By signing up to this Charter we demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that our sites can re-open and operate safely, and in accordance with Government advice.”