flexiblefullpage - default
Currently Reading

What Should You Do If Your Jobsite Has a COVID-19 Case?

billboard - default
Coronavirus Resources and Information

What Should You Do If Your Jobsite Has a COVID-19 Case?

April 23, 2020
Builder on scaffolding working on home roof framing
Photo: Tomasz Zajda

With diligent preventative measures and a rock-solid COVID-19 response plan, a case of the coronavirus on a job site does not mean the project must close down. Keeping calm, communicating, and using proven tracking strategies can go a long way. But that is easier said than done, and even best efforts may not be enough. In times of crisis, one of the best things a builder can do is stay up to date with the latest information and procedures. Michael Best, a national law firm, gives precautionary steps to keep workers safe and a detailed response plan so builders know what to do before their team gets sick.

One morning, you receive that dreaded phone call from an employee saying “Boss, I just tested positive for COVID-19.” Later that day, one of your subcontractors calls to let you know one of their workers has a roommate who has tested positive for COVID-19. Now what? The reality is that if this hasn’t already happened on your jobsite, chances are you will receive a call eventually. If you are responsible for jobsite management and/or safety, you will have to grapple with the difficult task of determining how to staff your jobsite, whether it is safe to continue working, and whether the project should continue.  Your answer will largely depend on what preventative steps were taken already and how quickly and effectively a plan to mitigate the effects of a positive test can be implemented. The world was not prepared for this pandemic, so beating yourself for your past actions or inaction will not solve anything. If you do not currently have a plan in place to respond to an employee testing positive for COVID-19, consider this a call to arms to act now and mitigate the impacts a positive test will have on your remaining employees, jobsite, project completion, and construction company.

Read More

leaderboard2 - default

Related Stories

Housing Markets

4 Cities Where Housing Inventory Now Exceeds Pre-Pandemic Levels

San Antonio leads with the greatest surge in the number of homes available post-pandemic


Aging in Place: My Aunt Nancy’s New ADU

An apartment addition for an accessory dwelling unit to allow a family member to age in place presents several challenges and lessons learned for both the homeowners and contractor alike

Housing Markets

Average Homebuyer Income Increased Considerably in 'Pandemic Boomtowns'

Remote workers moving to Boise, for example, have raised the average annual income of homebuyers by 24%, to $98,000

boombox1 -
native1 - default
halfpage2 -

More in Category

Delaware-based Schell Brothers, our 2023 Builder of the Year, brings a refreshing approach to delivering homes and measuring success with an overriding mission of happiness

NAHB Chairman's Message: In a challenging business environment for home builders, and with higher housing costs for families, the National Association of Home Builders is working to help home builders better meet the nation's housing needs

Sure there are challenges, but overall, Pro Builder's annual Housing Forecast Survey finds home builders are optimistic about the coming year

native2 - default
halfpage1 -

Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.

Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.