How COVID-19 Has Affected Risk in the Construction Industry

December 21, 2020
Gary Clevenger - Construction Executive

More eyes are on the growth and response of the construction industry than ever before. A McKinsey report distinguished construction as one of the industries that has the potential to help both communities and economies recover following COVID-19. The steps construction companies take in the coming months could lead to the industry coming back stronger and more innovative. However, with any rapid transition, comes new risk.

The onset of COVID-19 introduced many new challenges to construction professionals. On top of a shortage of trained construction professionals that has been prevalent in the industry, companies are now facing restrictions on how many workers can be on a jobsite—all leading to a sudden increase in fatigue among workers. There is an increased focus on job safety training and physical fitness, as time off from the job during quarantine likely depleted some workers’ skills. Additionally, from mental distractions due to the stress of the pandemic to additional PPE requirements—there are many new obstacles workers in the construction industry are now facing.

Reprinted courtesy of Gary Clevenger, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

Mr. Clevenger may be contacted at gary.clevenger@cna.com



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