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Safety Alert: New "6 foot rule" in construction!

March 21, 2020
Yesterday Illinois Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 20-10. With few exceptions, all individuals currently living within the State of Illinois are ordered to stay at home. Among other things, the order also prohibits some businesses from operating and public and private gatherings of any number of people. The order also differentiates between prohibited and permitted travel.
 
Here are two pertinent paragraphs related to construction operations:
From paragraph 9. Essential Infrastructure. 
"For purposes of this Executive Order, individuals may leave their residence to provide any services or perform any work necessary to offer, provision, operate, maintain and repair Essential Infrastructure.
 
Essential Infrastructure includes, but is not limited to: food production, distribution, and sale; construction (including, but not limited to, construction required in response to this public health emergency, hospital construction, construction of long-term care facilities, public works construction, and housing construction); building management and maintenance; airport operations; operation and maintenance of utilities, including water, sewer, and gas; electrical (including power generation, distribution, and production of raw materials); distribution centers; oil and biofuel refining; roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation; ports; cybersecurity operations; flood control; solid waste and recycling collection and removal; and internet, video, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
 
Essential Infrastructure shall be construed broadly to avoid any impacts to essential infrastructure, broadly defined."
 
From paragraph 12 Essential Business Operations,
"h.  Critical trades. Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen, and other trades including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations;"

 

 
Photo courtesy OSHA.gov
 
Maintaining a job site "free from recognized hazards":
 
As an "essential business" or "critical trade," contractors must comply with Social Distancing Requirements found in paragraph 15. Social Distancing Requirements a. Required measures i Designate six foot distances, and maintain at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals wherever feasible.
 
For more information to protect your workforce, visit the COVID-19 resource page on cpwr.com, including a one-page guidance document,
 
or our own client resource page :   
 
Both sites are regularly updating as new information becomes available.
 
The Corkill Safety Team is always available if you have any additional occupational safety and health related questions or concerns. 
Stay well and take good care.
 
Photo Courtesy ILLINOIS.gov