Safety on the Frontlines of COVID-19

Written by: Dennis Rumshas, Vice President – Safety & Risk Management

Safety on the Frontlines of COVID-19

As a business on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was imperative for us to quickly adapt our safety measures and practices on our construction sites across the country. As a general contractor, we were tasked with not only keeping our employees, workers and partners safe, but also promoting health and safety in the communities surrounding our projects. This necessitated a strong network of communication so that information could travel quickly and efficiently from our company’s leaders to our superintendents, field staff and subcontractors.

McShane’s motto is, “Safety First, Last and Always,” and while this is true at all times, pandemic or not, it has been especially important over the past four months.

Our team worked diligently to implement precautionary parameters on all of our sites. In addition to our normal safety program, the following protocols were put in place:

  • Six-foot social distancing requirement
  • 100% face covering requirement
  • Hand washing required before entering the construction trailer
  • Isolation of trade crews to avoid multiple teams working in the same area
  • Employees required to report any signs of illness to on-site personnel
  • Temperature checks with contactless thermometers
  • Social-distanced outdoor or virtual meetings

We are grateful to all of our employees, subcontractors, clients and partners who have showed continued support and dedication to the success of our projects throughout this time. We’re especially grateful to our superintendents and other field staff who worked tirelessly to uphold our safety protocols while keeping our projects moving.