AMG Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safety Procedures and Business Continuity

 

The Health and Wellbeing of our employees, partners and supply chain is our highest priority.

During this continuing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we are applying precautionary arrangements and updating our procedures as set out below.

Wednesday, Jun 03 2020

Latest AMG Updates:

We are continuing to follow official guidance from HM Government, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and other relevant authorities. The wellbeing of our clients, employees, partners and supply chain is of the greatest importance to us and we will continue to ensure our policies and working procedures reflect the best available information

AMG Site Operating Procedures

AMG sites still operating during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will follow specific procedures to ensure our workforce, supply chain & partners are protected and working safely. CLC Site Operating Procedures V.4 18 May 2020

HM Government - Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest guidance for construction sites to operate safely as published by HM Government on 11 May 2020. This document is to help employers, employees and the self-employed in the UK understand how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

For the latest Guidance on Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) for Construction and other outdoor work, click / tap here.

AMG Updates:

28 May 2020:

Yesterday the Government announced the rollout of the new NHS Test and Trace service launching 28 May 2020 across England. The service is designed to help identify, contain, and control coronavirus, reducing the spread of the virus within the population.

View / download a copy of “NHS Test & Trace Guidance for Business” here: https://www.amgriffiths.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/A-road-to-recovery-Test-and-Trace.pdf

Please stay alert and stay safe,

Richard Green

 Group Managing Director 

 28 May 2020

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20 May 2020:

The latest Site Operating Procedures (Version 4) have now been Published

Changes include:

Removal of the requirement for face-to-face contact to be kept to 15 minutes or less.

The section on PPE now also links to the latest Government guidance on face coverings.

Other changes include:

  • References to one-way systems and the reconfiguration of seating and tables and an update on portable toilets
  • The requirement to share risk assessments with the workforce
  • Clarification on when to travel to work, as set out in the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy
  • Updated links and wording on social distancing

 

View / download a copy here: https://www.amgriffiths.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Site-Operating-Procedures-v4-18-May-2020.pdf

These Site Operating Procedures (SOP) are based on Government guidance on Working safely during coronavirus (Covid-19) – Construction and other outdoor work: https://www.amgriffiths.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/working-safely-during-covid-19-construction-outdoors-110520.pdf

This guidance is intended to introduce consistent measures on construction sites of all types and sizes in line with the Government’s recommendations on social distancing.

Please stay alert and stay safe,

Richard Green

 Group Managing Director 

 20 May 2020

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18 May 2020:

The CITB and the Construction Leadership Council have issued a comprehensive set of checklists and forms to help our site managers brief workers and operate sites safely.

Guidance is designed to give workers a clear understanding of the latest agreed site operating procedures and covers issues such as close working, cleaning and what employees should do if they become unwell:

 

  1. CC01: COVID-19 – Site operating procedures compliance checklist

An interactive checklist, designed to be used to ensure compliance with current guidance on protecting your workforce. The checklist can be amended to ensure it aligns with any specific site policies.

View / download a copy here: https://www.amgriffiths.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/1.-cc01_site_operating_procedures_compliance_checklist.pdf

 

  1. CC02: COVID-19 – Health, safety and environmental risk assessment template

A guide offering example control measures for those required to undertake risk assessment of the workplace and specific activities on site. An interactive risk assessment template is also included.

View / download a copy here: https://www.amgriffiths.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2.-cc02_health_safety_environment_risk_assessment_template.pdf

 

  1. CC03: COVID-19 – Toolbox talk for construction workers

View / download a copy here: https://www.amgriffiths.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/3.-cc03_toolbox_talk_construction_workers.pdf

 

  1. CC04: COVID-19 – Weekly site operating procedures checklist

An interactive checklist, designed to ensure on-going compliance with both established and additional procedures.

View / download a copy here: https://www.amgriffiths.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/4.-cc04_weekly_site_operating_procedures_checklist.pdf

 

The CITB have also published interactive checklists and forms from their GE700 Construction Site Safety publication here:

https://www.citb.co.uk/standards-and-delivering-training/health-and-safety-support-materials-and-forms/ge700-companion-content/checklists-and-forms/#

 

Please stay alert and stay safe,

 

Richard Green 

Group Managing Director 

18 May 2020

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14 May 2020:

The latest HSE eBulletin: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and information for the construction industry has been received including working safely during the coronavirus outbreak – view / download a copy here:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKHSE/bulletins/28b1f4e

Please stay alert and stay safe,

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

14 May 2020

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11 May 2020:

The Government has published its latest guidance for construction sites to operate safely.

 

Working safely during COVID-19 in construction. View / download a copy here:

https://www.amgriffiths.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/working-safely-during-covid-19-construction-outdoors-110520.pdf

Notice to display in the workplace. View / download a copy here:

https://www.amgriffiths.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Notice-staying-covid-19-secure-11-May-2020.pdf

 

Please stay alert and stay safe,

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

12 May 2020

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11 May 2020:

Further to the Prime Ministers announcement to the nation last night updating us on lockdown rules, I thought it sensible to be clear and reiterate that It remains business as usual for us, as it has been over the last 8 weeks, and that our current rules and safe working procedures STILL apply to ensure everyone who works on our sites and in our offices remains safe.

  1. All of our offices remain closed until further notice, and everyone able to work from home should remain working from home until further notice. We do not envisage this changing for the foreseeable future
  2. All sites should continue to follow our current Site Operating Procedures, as issued and updated previously, and all in accordance with the current Construction Leadership Councils guidelines. IF AND WHEN this is updated by the authorities/government we will update everyone accordingly. ALL precautionary measures to ensure social distancing where possible are to remain in place.
  3. All meetings, and visitors attending site, should continue to be avoided wherever possible as previously advised.

Please stay alert and stay safe,

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

11 May 2020

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6 May 2020:

Works have commenced and are continuing safely at The Crestwood School, Bromley Lane, Kingswinford to construct a new Science classroom block consisting of eight laboratories, a staff-room, preparatory rooms and toilets; a two classroom extension to the Design Technology block; refurbishment of the remaining D. Technology block; and refurbishment of the existing Science laboratories to form new classrooms. The works will also include an increase to the area of the existing external courts, including external works, car parking and drainage.

Works commenced during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, where we continue to follow specific Site Operating Procedures to ensure our workforce, supply chain, client, staff, students & partners are protected.

Stay safe,

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

6 May 2020

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29 April 2020:

The latest HSE eBulletin: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and information for the construction industry has been received including guidance on fitting respirators correctly and sources of advice on looking after your mental wellbeing- view / download a copy here:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKHSE/bulletins/288d0f5

Stay safe,

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

29 April 2020

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29 April 2020:

We were one of the first construction companies to adopt new site working practices in the early stages of the coronavirus lockdown (since 13 March 2020) to ensure our staff and workers could observe social distancing measures. It is great to see that the new working practices put in place by AMG are being recognised by our clients as we continue to follow the latest guidance from Public Health England and the CLC. Received today:

“I would just like to thank AMG for your commitment to the above project during these difficult times. I have received constant positive feedback from the team on site regarding progress and changes you have made due to social distancing measures that we are all operating under.

The project has continued under uncertain conditions and you’ve also taken full advantage of the closed school site to bring forward other works. 

Thanks again

29 April 2020 – Project Design & Delivery Manager, Dudley MBC, Construction, Corporate Landlord Services

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

29 April 2020

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22 April 2020:

Further HSE Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and information has been received, view / download a copy here:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKHSE/bulletins/2876018

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

 22 April 2020

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20 April 2020:

The latest HSE eBulletin: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and information for the construction industry has been received, view / download a copy here:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKHSE/bulletins/287058a

 

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

20 April 2020

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17 April 2020:

For those of our sites which have been forced to close, or may be closing soon, we have received this guidance from our Insurers Aviva for Temporary Shutdown and Mothballing of Construction Sites.

View / download a copy here https://www.amgriffiths.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Aviva-Temporary-Shutdown-and-Mothballing-of-Construction-Sites.pdf

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

17 April 2020

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15 April 2020:

The latest Site Operating Procedures (Version 3) have now been Published.

In general summary the further detail is as follows:

  1. Operatives should self-distance and travel to site in separate vehicles wherever possible. If this is unavoidable, they should travel in the same vehicle with the windows down for good ventilation and should avoid facing each other at all times they are in the vehicle. They should also only travel with the same group of people and not change travel groups under any circumstances.
  2. All operatives should wash hands in accordance with recommendations on every occasion they enter and leave the site.
  3. An enhanced cleaning regime should be put in place by AMG site management to clean all touch points on a regular basis including but not limited to taps, toilet flushes, welfare facilities , door handles, ladders, handrails, plant and equipment.
  4. Works which require operatives to undertake a task within the 2m social distancing guidelines should be firstly reassessed to see if an alternative method of working can be utilised. If an alternative method cannot be used, then the operatives should stay in the same teams to undertake the operation and constantly work together and not with other teams. These tasks where social distancing rules cannot be complied with should only be undertaken for short durations of less than 15 minutes and only with operatives utilising PPE of face masks, gloves and goggles.
  5. All entrances, welfare facilities, scaffolds should be marked with 2m social distancing markers. (Please see previous photographic examples from our Selly Park site here)

View / download the latest Site Operating Procedures (Version 3) here https://www.amgriffiths.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Site-Operating-Procedures-Version-3.pdf

This guidance is intended to introduce consistent measures on construction sites of all types and sizes in line with the Government’s recommendations on social distancing at work.

Stay safe.

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

15 April 2020

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9 April 2020:

Testimonial received from the Clerk of Works at Wordsley school yesterday, thanking AMG for working safely and progressing the works:

 

 

 

Safe working during April 2020:

Our webpage here shows record photos taken at Selly Oak Admin Block in Birmingham this week implementing the Government’s social distancing at work requirements and safe working guidelines are being followed. This includes modifications and safe distance working markers on scaffolding and alterations made to loading towers and access stairs to ensure the 2m rule can be applied in a safe manner. https://www.amgriffiths.co.uk/safe-working-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/  

Stay safe, 

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

9 April 2020

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8 April 2020:1

In the last 36 hours, there has been updated guidance published by Public Health England and the Scottish and Welsh Governments in respect of construction sites and social distancing requirements.

Late last night, Public Health England (PHE) issued new guidance on Social distancing in the workplace during coronavirus (COVID-19), which includes specific guidance for a number of sectors including Construction.

Site Operating Procedures will be reviewed as a priority in light of the latest guidance and we will provide an update following the daily Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Task Force meeting later this morning.

AMG will continue to follow the most up-to-date Government guidance.

 

8 April 2020:2

The HSE has issued details of when and how we should Report coronavirus incidents under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013).

 

Stay safe, 

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

8 April 2020

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6 April 2020:

AMG are very pleased to confirm that despite the difficult circumstances over the last month that we have stayed open safely, persevered, and successfully completed the initial handover of Beacon Park Hospital in Stafford today.

This facility will now provide additional emergency capacity to the NHS to support the response to coronavirus (Covid-19) – AMG are proud to be doing our bit in the fight against this pandemic.

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

6 April 2020

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3 April 2020:

Construction Leadership Council – “There has been significant feedback on the updated site operating procedures version 2. Whilst the feedback is reviewed the CLC has re-issued version 1, which is the document the industry should be complying with.”

The CLC is now working hard to produce a third version which clarifies Public Health England advice.

The CLC has re-issued version 1 which is the document the industry should be complying with.

The version to use is here:

http://www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Site-Operating-Procedures-23-March-2020-v1.pdf

 

Please stay safe.

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

3 April 2020

 

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2 April 2020:

** Superceded – See 3 April & 15 April updates

Version 2 of Site Operating Procedures has been published on 2 April 2020

https://builduk.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Site-Operating-Procedures.pdf

We must ensure at all times that everyone is working at least 2 meters apart, in particular bricklayers when working from scaffolding. For clarity, our sites should be fully complying with the latest procedures issued today. If a task requires people to be within 2 meters of each other then we should stop and assess to see if there is an alternative way or method of undertaking the operation by maintaining a 2 meter distance at all times. This includes travelling around the site, traffic management and welfare management.

 

If we cannot comply with the 2m rule then the site will be shut immediately.

 

2. The Government has confirmed that construction sites should continue to operate during the current Coronavirus pandemic. Alok Sharma, the Secretary of State for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, confirmed that the Site Operating Procedures published by the Construction Leadership Council are aligned with Public Health England (PHE) guidance that must be implemented in the workplace.

In response to feedback, the Site Operating Procedures Version 2 has now been published to include:

  • Clarification that where it is not possible or safe for workers to distance themselves from each other by 2 metres then work should not be carried out
  • Updates from Public Health England to reference:
    • those living with someone who has shown signs of Covid-19 infection
    • those living with someone who is shielding
    • 60%+ alcohol-based hand sanitiser
    • keeping groups of workers together to minimise transfer of infection across the workforce
  • The need to monitor implementation of the procedures

The latest Site Operating Procedures can be found in the links above

Please stay safe,

 

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

2 April 2020

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1 April 2020:

1. Some clients are requesting that we provide programme options for the suspensions on their sites. We will undertake this but any revised information can only really show our best estimates of the short term delays to the current programmes at this time.

What no-one is able to forecast is the remobilisation period for all suppliers to get back up to speed, and supply materials in the quantities required when they are required, and any further delays this will cause in the future. This means there will be a huge supply and demand issue after the world Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis is over. As of today, 60% of our concrete suppliers have shut for a minimum of 2 months. Plaster based materials have ceased being manufactured so when current stocks are gone they are gone. With many more examples happening daily.

How long the suppliers manufacturing process’ takes to get up to speed after the world lockdown is over is anyone’s guess at this point in time.

 

2. Updated procedure when we notify that a site is closing will be as follows:

  1. Issue the standard letter to the CA on the day of closure as a record of the closure.
  2. Ensure the site manager follows a lock down procedure of ensuring all materials are secured from both theft and weather issues. Materials are secured for both theft and wind/weather. All scaffold is inspected, safe and scaff tagged “Not To use” and access removed. Ensure all excavations are either backfilled or barriered off if not able to be backfilled. All partially built structures are checked, safe and any temporary support required put in place. All buildings and site perimeter fencing are 100% secured and locked up as precaution against unauthorised access during the closure. The site must be fully photographed as evidence against any potential claim and the photos stored on the z drive. Ensure all plant is off hired and removed from site where feasible especially hand held tools. All surveying and IT equipment must be removed from site. Most importantly the whole site is left in a safe condition.
  3. Ensure we have done a fire risk assessment.
  4. Ensure all live services are isolated and made safe.
  5. Advise Simon of site closure date to inform insurances.
  6. Advise Leanne to deal with hired plant appropriately.
  7. Provide Emergency contact details to the client.
  8. Surveyors should ensure that the photographs taken are enough to record progress at the time of closure and undertake and up to date valuation at time of closure. Please speak to the site managers and ensure all materials on site are photographed so you can claim in the valuation.
  9. Contracts Managers and Surveyors should in the week after closure, ensure all the details and particulars of the delay caused by the closure are recorded in order that we have a detailed record when the site resumes.

 

Please stay safe

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

 1 April 2020

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31 March 2020:

All AMG sites have now been issued with detailed site shutdown procedures should clients instruct us to cease operations, or the lack of labour attendance and materials supply forces us to close sites.

We are continuing to comply with Government direction and guidance, further information is contained in the newly added links above.

Please stay safe.

 

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

 31 March 2020

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30 March 2020:

To all AMG employees and supply chain:

Please see below Construction Sector Guidance received from The Department of Transport for your reference. This guidance is already covered by our Business Continuity Plan procedures for working on site and restricting meetings and visitors to site.

As additional precautions could all Site management ensure that any operative working on site is travelling in their own vehicles with the exception of workers who are travelling in a vehicle from the same household.

This may result in more vehicles on site and we should take all efforts to provide further car parking on site to facilitate this requirement during the unprecedented times. 

Local and Central Government Advice received Sunday 29/03/2020:

The Government’s current policy is that construction activity should continue where it can be undertaken in accordance with the Public Health England and industry guidance. 

The Department for Transport would like to thank you for your organisation’s concerted efforts in recent weeks and to update you on the Department for Transport’s approach to managing construction as part of the Government’s COVID-19 response. This could also include street and road works, where people are working on-site.

Current Government and industry guidance:
The Government’s current policy is that construction activity should continue where it can be undertaken in accordance with the Public Health England and industry guidance.
The further social distancing restrictions announced on Monday 23 March are aimed at people staying at home where possible. Accordingly, we would expect this to be taking place for any work that can be completed remotely. However, these measures are not designed to prevent people who must travel to work from doing so and there is a secondary objective to sustain the economy where it is possible to do so whilst keeping people safe. Travel is not currently restricted to essential workers and is permitted for others where necessary for work including construction workers operating on site.

The Government has published updated guidance on these restrictions and what is means for those involved in construction; the guidance can be found here: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/business-closures-and-stay-at-home-faqs/

The construction industry has also developed and issued specific Site Operating Procedures designed to manage risk in continuing to operate construction sites. These have been reviewed by Public Health England and you should ensure that your suppliers are aware and considering their application: https://builduk.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Site-Operating-Procedures-23-March-2020.pdf.

Decisions on whether to continue to operate sites should be taken locally by you and your suppliers, considering the safety of workers and the public and the feasibility of complying with the PHE and industry guidance on safe working. What is right for one site may not be right for another and it is important that local judgement applies unless and until any further restrictions are applied in support of the overall health strategy. The overriding priority is the safety of the public and workers.

This approach is not supported by some who view it as unnecessarily increasing the likelihood of spreading COVID-19 but that is not currently the considered position of the Government.

Contingency planning:
It is possible that the Government’s policy on continuing construction may change further based on the overall COVID-19 response strategy. Accordingly, you should begin to identify which construction works would be essential to continue if the guidance were to tighten further. That might include: works necessary to sustain critical services; works to support COVID-19 handling; and works necessary to make sites safe and secure that are otherwise ceasing.

Bringing works forward:
There may be opportunities to use this period of reduced public usage to advance maintenance and repair works if it is safe and practical to do so.

Financial support to the supply chain:
We recognise fully that the current situation has precipitated much uncertainty in the construction sector. HM Treasury and the Bank of England have recently announced financial support schemes but it is clear that this may not be accessible or suitable for all companies within the supply chain.
Whilst at this stage we cannot provide any information beyond that already announced by the
Chancellor, we understand that further schemes are being considered.

The Department for Transport
March 2020

 

Should construction sites be closing?

Saving lives is the Government’s number one priority, which is why we have told people they must stay at home. Travelling to work is an exception, only where this cannot be done from home, provided you and your household are well and not self-isolating. This is consistent with the Chief Medical Officer’s advice.

Construction sites have not been asked to close, so work can continue if it is done safely. Employers should ensure their workers on-site are able to follow the public health guidance, and they should consider responsible arrangements for ensuring their workers can travel in line with this advice, such as through staggering site hours to reduce public transport use during peak periods. We will keep these arrangements under constant review and take any steps required.

HM Government Business Closures and Stay at Home FAQs:

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/business-closures-and-stay-at-home-faqs/

 

 

Please stay safe.

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

30 March 2020

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26 March 2020:

We have been updating this Business Continuity plan on a daily basis and we plan to try and keep it business as usual for as long we possibly can, with the procedures already in place for both people working from home and site procedures for working safely on site.

It will be inevitable in the coming days/weeks that the situation will move to the next phase and either the government will instruct us to stop work entirely on site, or we will be forced to close sites through lack of supply chain labour and availability of materials. When this situation occurs either on mass or site by site, we will be implementing a Furlough leave plan to endeavour to safeguard jobs within the AMG Group.

As this situation develops further additional details of our response will be provided.
Please stay safe.

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

26 March 2020

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25 March 2020:

As per our previous updates, all our sites will remain open under the guidance provided by the Government until we are either instructed otherwise, or due to the lack of availability of labour and materials & we are physically unable to carry on with operations on site.

Should the latter occur sites will be shut site by site as that individual site is affected.

In order to protect our workforce and supply chain and further to the previous precautions instructed on the 24th March 2020, further guidance and precautions in line with the Construction Leadership Council Guidance are as follows:

 

  1. Individuals are responsible for following self- isolation guidelines.
  2. If an individual feels unwell with high temperature or cough, they should leave site immediately without touching anything and follow self- isolation procedures and not return to work until their period of self- isolation is complete
  3. Workers should travel to work alone unless from the same household and avoid public transport.
  4. If travelling to work on your own, use your own vehicle at break times in preference to the canteen facilities.
  5. Ensure social distancing at site entrances.
  6. Hold inductions in open air at a distance of 2m between all attendees.
  7. Delivery drivers should remain in their vehicles or maintain a distance of 2m from any site operative.
  8. Provide additional hand washing facilities and constantly check and maintain stock levels of soap and hand sanitiser.
  9. Ensure enough bins for hand towels and ensure disposal at frequent intervals.
  10. All food rubbish and packaging should be placed in bins provided by the person consuming the food and not left for someone else to clear away.
  11. If a work operation involves close working refrain from the operation, seek advice from site management in order to find a safe and different method of working.
  12. Do not re use other people’s PPE.

 

AMG Contracts Managers to advise our supply chain accordingly.

 

 

Remember please stay safe

Regards,

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

 25 March 2020

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24 March 2020:

Further to the Prime Ministers statement to the nation last night regarding locking down social contact, it has been confirmed by the government that all construction work except work in existing domestic dwellings is ok to continue. Therefore, all our sites remain open as we have no refurbishment work in live buildings.

In order to ensure our site staff, operatives and the supply chain remain safe we are taking the following further precautions:

  1. Everybody to wear gloves and when gloves are removed wash hands for 20 seconds with soap & water or hand sanitiser as previously recommended.

 

  1. All operatives are to social distance and remain a minimum of 2 meters apart whilst undertaking their duties.

 

  1. At break times anyone who travels to work in their own vehicle alone should self-isolate and take their break in their own vehicle. For those who share a vehicle to travel to work they should use the canteen for breaks but site management should manage break times to ensure that anyone using the canteen can use it at a safe distance of 2 meters apart. All surfaces in the canteen and toilets should be cleaned and sanitised before and after morning break, before and after lunch and between all managed sittings of break times.

(Government advice regarding social distancing, click here)

Site Managers and Contracts Managers will advise our supply chain accordingly.

 

If a site has to shut:

  • Our shut down procedures will be the same as we do at Xmas with the Site Manager and Contracts Managers mobiles remaining on.
  • Before we close, all materials will be secured and the buildings and site perimeters will be walked, checked and locked before closure.
  • All plant will be off hired and removed from site where possible.

 

Current and future Tenders:

We cannot visit any site for the purposes of providing a tender. Tender periods will have to be extended to allow a site inspection to be carried out once the current strict rules to stop the spread of coronavirus are relaxed by the government, or Provisional allowances included, in order to submit any bids.

 

 

 

If in the coming days the government issues further instructions we will update you all accordingly.

 

Please stay safe.

Regards,

 

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

 24 March 2020

 

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18 March 2020

Restricting site visits.

 

We need to restrict unnecessary contact with others. Site visits [from internal and external visitors] should therefore be significantly curtailed and kept to absolutely strictly necessary visits only. Please think very carefully before requesting to visit a site

Procedure:

All visitors to sites as from 5pm on Wednesday 18/03/20 are strictly by appointment only and only if confirmed as acceptable by the site in advance. Should government advice curtail visitors from certain areas of the country or visitors who have returned from abroad, permission will not be granted as a precaution to ensure disruption to works on site are kept to a minimum.

 

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

18 March 2020

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AMG Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Contingency Continuity Plan & Project Risk – March 2020

Issued on 13 March 2020:

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus outbreak, we have implemented the AMG Business Continuity Plan. As part of our commitment to our staff, clients and supply chain, we have a comprehensive plan in place to allow us to continue to offer the quality of service which our clients expect.

The Health and Wellbeing of our employees, partners and supply chain is our highest priority. As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we are applying precautionary arrangements to safeguard all that are working (or due to work) on, or visiting AMG sites or offices.

The AMG Senior Management Team has set out a plan of action to address risks to our staff, clients and supply chain as a result of COVID-19 and are taking the following actions to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. It is still business as usual, however in the best interest of all our employees we are now taking the following precautionary measures:

Our head office in Thomas Street will remain open, unless instructed otherwise by government bodies, but with a reduced staff presence. In order to protect office staff that undertake a role that requires them to spend 5 days a week in the offices (Accounts/Admin etc), all transient staff (Contracts Managers, Quantity Surveyors etc) should undertake their visits to site but should not go to the office and they should undertake all their office activities remotely from home as from Monday 16 March. This measure ensures that for office-based staff, their exposure to transient staff who are in contact with people from outside the organisation is reduced and the risk to them is reduced/mitigated.

All office staff who undertake a role where it is feasible that it can be undertaken from home remotely will do so as from Monday 16 March.

Staff working remotely as from Monday 16 March should pre-arrange any unavoidable visits to the office to ensure they are kept to a minimum and they are at the office for the shortest duration possible. (collections/deliveries etc)

Discourage external meetings unless they are absolutely necessary, and if so they are attended by the least AMG employees possible.

Where staff are due to make site visits for hospital and school projects (and other high risk environments such as hospices etc) they will contact clients and request their current protocols for access to non-essential visitors.

Staff self-isolating in line with government guidelines will continue to work from home and remain in regular contact with their clients and colleagues. AMG has a robust IT infrastructure in place to support this.

Stanford Construction Ltd’s office in Pensnett which is solely used by transient staff will be officially closed as from Monday 16 March until further notice.

We are contacting our supply chain to ask them to confirm their mitigation proposals/protocols to limit any potential impact.

All internal meetings of AMG employees only are cancelled until further notice with business undertaken via email and telephone remotely.

 

 

Whilst we are confident that AMG currently has resilient processes in place to maintain continuity of services, clients and partners should be aware of the potential risks arising from the current COVID-19 outbreak emergency which may include possible significant programme implications, an impact on contractual mechanisms and the potential disruption of statutory approvals etc – all of which might bring additional cost pressures to a project .

 

We are continuing to follow official guidance from the government and health authorities. The wellbeing of our clients, employees and suppliers is of the greatest importance to us and we will continue to ensure our policies and procedures reflect the best available information from those authorities.

 

The current situation remains fluid, and we are therefore continuing to monitor the potential implications very closely. Should advice and instructions from government change over the coming days and weeks we will update our precautions and procedures and advise accordingly.

 

We appreciate your flexibility and resilience and thank you for all your support in keeping one another safe,

 

 

Richard Green

Group Managing Director 

13 March 2020

 

 

Arthur M Griffiths & Son Ltd
Thomas Street
Wolverhampton
WV2 4BY

Stanford Construction Ltd
2 Baird House
The Innovation Centre
The Pensnett Estate
Kingswinford
Dudley
DY6 7YA

AMG Group Holdings Limited
Thomas Street, Wolverhampton, WV2 4BY

HM Government Business Closures and Stay at Home Advice

Construction sites have not been asked to close, work can continue if it is done safely

HM Government Building Safety update

Links to useful sources of information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for the construction industry

AMG Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Continuity Plan

AMG Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Contingency Continuity Plan & Project Risk – 13 March 2020