New campaign urges public to help construction workers do their jobs safely

THE Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has launched a new social media campaign intended to remind the public to let construction workers do their jobs safely as the sector continues its post-lockdown recovery.

Released under the theme of #RebuildingTogether, the initiative uses two short animations to highlight the need for co-operation and respect for workers operating in difficult circumstances.

The clips feature workers putting a strong emphasis on physical distancing and letting workers do their jobs safely.

The CICV Forum said that to help the public feel more confident about commissioning work, a downloadable PDF leaflet will set out what is expected of workers and clients throughout projects.

Rebecca Crosland, health and safety advisor at the Building Engineering Services Association and chair of the Forum’s health and safety sub-group said, “Contractors and operatives have been extremely responsive to guidance aimed at safe working as we enter into new phases of the return to work. However, they must be allowed to carry out their tasks effectively and the public can play a hugely important role by supporting and respecting them and letting them do their jobs as they take on this mammoth task.

“This new campaign emphasises the Forum’s message that we’re all #RebuildingTogether and that it’s important that everyone takes personal responsibility for their actions in the interest of themselves, their colleagues and the wider community.”

Forum chair and SELECT MD Alan Wilson added, “Since the start of the CICV Forum, it’s been extremely heartening to see how people across the industry have pulled together to get us through. We must continue with this level of co-operation and collaboration and remind the public of the part they have to play as we move forward with Scotland’s recovery.”