COMPANY STATEMENT: Update Following Review of Site Operations

On 25th March, we released a statement announcing the suspension of all non-essential construction operations due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting HM Government restrictions and advice. This situation has been subject to an ongoing and continued review process by our senior management team, with consideration to updated advice and information as it has become available.

Based on current information, we are planning a phased approach to recommence site operations from Monday 11th May 2020. However, this will be subject to review based on guidance from Public Health England and the World Health Organisation.

This approach is consistent with advice received from the office of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. This decision has been made in consultation with a number of our clients and supply chain partners.

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published a set of Site Operating Procedures that outline how to continue site operations whilst protecting the workforce and minimising the risk of spreading the infection. We will be adhering to these guidelines, whilst continuing to re-assess our pre-existing site-specific risk assessments and method statements to ensure adherence to the guidance with updated safe systems of work. We will also be implementing a company Return to Work action plan, which will be implemented across our sites.

We will be adopting a phased approach to restarting site operations, with consideration to the activities involved, the availability of materials and subcontractors, and the available supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), with particular consideration to COVID-19 protection.

We will continue to review the situation in line with updated advice from HM Government and are determined to follow the best course of action to ensure a balanced approach to this uniquely challenging situation.

We have continued to provide ‘essential works’ services through our current arrangements with several water companies, and these activities will continue in the case of emergency works only.

Head office and support functions will continue with staff members working from home wherever possible.

We would like to thank our employees, customers and supply chain members for their understanding and support through these unprecedented and challenging times. It is important we take every precaution possible to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone.

The Management Team

Danaher & Walsh Group Ltd