The easing – or, in some parts of the country, the outright lifting – of the lockdown restrictions the government imposed in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, has allowed essential industries, such as the construction sector, to resume operations. But with construction workers now out in the field, plying their trade in different construction sites all over the country, their risk of exposure to the coronavirus has also increased. This is especially true given the fact that, according to studies, one can get infected by this deadly disease by simply touching a surface, an object or a tool where the virus has lodged.
Promoting the correct as well as the safe operation of the various equipment and machinery used in the construction industry has always been a key advocacy of the Association of Carriers and Equipment Lessors (ACEL). Thus, the Association, in line with its advocacy of promoting worker safety, has come out at this time with guidelines particularly designed to protect equipment and machine operators from COVID-19. These have already been disseminated through ACEL’s social media accounts. For easy reference, the Association has also posted them here in the form of another infographic.