Low Risk Construction Can Resume

Since the inception of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, the building industry and its workers have been awaiting news of a possible amendment allowing certain construction to continue.

On April 24th, 2020 Governor Inslee announced that he would open up a portion of construction while adopting a list of requirements that industry leaders had designed and was agreed upon by workers, contractors and labor unions for keeping construction sites safe.

From the Seattle Times article

“Gov. Jay Inslee announced some construction projects will be allowed to resume amid the new coronavirus pandemic.

The resumption will be for “low-risk” projects and only with physical distancing and other requirements, Inslee said. He said once he signs the order on Friday, low-risk projects that fit the criteria and have a plan in place can start back up.

Inslee’s announcement came as his office this week released a 30-point plan to make sure construction sites can operate safely amid the new coronavirus once those projects are cleared to resume.

That plan is part of an agreement that was crafted after weeks of talks between Inslee’s office, building industry representatives and construction unions.

“We’ve come up with a sensible plan for allowing limited return to construction with safety measures in place,” Inslee said in the address.”

Even with the announcement today along with the release of the Phase 1 Construction Restart COVID-19 Job Site Requirements, confusion is still present in the industry on how to move forward in a safe manner and in compliance with new required procedures. 

The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) has invited everyone to join them for a webinar, Saturday, April 24, at 9:30 AM, as they go over in detail the governor’s Phase 1 Reopening of Construction requirements. BIAW will review the procedures required of owners, employees, and on the job-site, as well as the documentation needed to get restarted. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Register for the webinar by clicking HERE  *You will need a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device to join the webinar over Zoom.

A recording will be available within 24 hours AFTER the webinar by clicking HERE 

To see the entirety of Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement today please click below.