Webcor is taking every step possible to minimize the risk of infection and spread of coronavirus in our offices and on our project jobsites. We are adhering to the emergency orders for each municipality in which we operate. We have adjusted our operations on all our projects by increasing awareness and taking the proper precautions and implementing guidelines provided by CDC, Cal/OSHA and through guidance with other general contractors through Construction Employer’s Association (CEA).
Webcor's primary concern is with the safety and wellness of everyone on our projects and in our community. Our preparation has included meetings at all levels to ensure that we fully understand the risks and that we are responding promptly and accordingly to ensure the safety and health of our project sites.
We have sent out guidelines to our project teams referencing CDC Interim Guidelines for Business and Employees.
We have weekly phone calls set up with our project site to monitor and share improvements to our current action plan.
We are communicating with all employees via a regularly updated page on our intranet, frequent emails to all employees and to managers, and a weekly videoconference in which members of the executive team provide an update and answer employee questions.
The following represents our current methods prevention activities, based on the guidelines provided by Centers for Disease Control:
In addition, we have suspended business travel and face-to-face meetings, requiring meetings to be conducted through teleconference.
We are permitting flexible worksites, telecommuting, and flexible work hours to increase physical distance among employees who need to be on-site. We have developed a work-from-home policy to cover telecommuting. Some positions on the project team will require our staff to remain on sites that continue to operate under the “essential” provisions of jurisdictional emergency orders; these include safety, superintendent, etc. A specialist will maintain a presence on each site to monitor our adherence to COVID-19 procedures. We will work with our teams to ensure appropriate on-site coverage to maintain the safety and health of the workplace and progress of the project.
Project teams are develop project plans that account for the unique characteristics of the project based on a 9-point action plan.
Employees are required to alert Webcor if they are affected (e.g., a child’s school closes and they need to provide childcare)or if they are infected, been exposed to someone who is infected or have traveled to an area currently experiencing an outbreak. Details follow:
If an Employee/Worker is Sick or Shows Signs of Illness
If an employee calls in sick and indicates they have flu-like symptoms, they will be asked to stay home until they are symptom-free and/or see a doctor and get released. We will require positive confirmation that they are healthy before they can return to work.
If an employee states that they have COVID-19or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, we will require them to stay home, contact local health department, and they will not return to the work until they are released.
If We Have a Confirmed Case of COVID-19
The worker/employee will be removed from the job site and/or directed not to return to the project site until they are released from medical care. We would work with that employee and/or subcontractor to follow all appropriate and required procedures.
Notifications to all required stakeholder will follow needed meetings to manage the exposure and understand the risk to other project members.
We will conduct and investigate to understand the direct contact(s) the infected worker had with other workers and understand the areas that the worker performed work so we can determine potential contamination and apply proper disinfection.
If a Worker Tests Positive Who Has Worked on a Project Site
If an employee test positive for COVID 19, we will follow CDC and local health guidelines for proper notification and investigation. We will ensure the proper steps are taken with regard to isolation; the individual will not be able to return to work until he has been released from medical care.
In addition, we will investigate with the individual, coworkers, and employer to identify others who might have been in contact or exposed to in order to determine if additional individuals will need to be isolated and temporarily removed from the site. There could be workers that maybe quarantined for 14 days due to the potential exposure and we will work with those individuals before they can return to the project site.
We will also follow our disinfection procedure to clean the site of the potential contaminated areas as outlined below.
We have implemented additional and more frequent cleaning and sanitation on all our projects to maintain a safe and healthy workplace. These include:
You can download our Memorandum on COVID 19 and Maintaining a Clean Project Worksite, the guide that we have issued to our projects.
If we have a confirmed case of COVID 19, Webcor will work towards understand the area(s) that have potential contamination and work with industrial cleaning companies to disinfect the area following CDC recommendations.
We currently have a company that will provide these services to Webcor and they have also provided guidance to Webcor on suggested products to use to help maintain a clean site.
Depending on the area(s) that may require disinfection, the project may need to be temporarily shut down to allow the proper and safely cleaning operation to disinfect the area(s) of potential contamination.
Each project director/manager will assess the impact of coronavirus on supply chain with each trade partner/subcontractor and prepare a report that flags any disruptions and their impact on schedule and cost (e.g., if materials need to be obtained from an alternative source).