Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Testing

Health secretary Matt Hancock has announced that Coronavirus testing has now been extended to construction workers showing symptoms of COVID-19, along with their families.

Read more here: https://www.constructionenquirer.com/2020/04/28/coronavirus-testing-extended-to-construction-workers/

Testing can be booked here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

We would again like to reiterate that if ANY member of the lifting team begins to show symptoms of COVID-19, or starts feeling unwell, of the vital importance of notifying site management immediately so the necessary precautions can be acted upon.

 

CPCS Emergency COVID-19 Card

Some individuals in the future will have difficulty renewing or updating their CPCS cards due to issues caused by COVID-19.

Because of this, CPCS is providing the ability to apply for an Emergency CPCS Card which would be valid for 12 months for those unable to renew cards or upgrade cards due to not being able to renew their HSE Test or Renewal Test.

The cost of this card will be £15.

For further information and to apply, please follow the link below.

https://www.nocnjobcards.org/CPCS/cpcs-emergency-covid-19-card/

 

Useful Links

Financial advice can be found by using the below websites. These links will provide you with information on how to get Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimants-and-businesses

https://www.turn2us.org.uk/

Whilst we continue to follow Government guidance and work remotely, our team remain contactable via all of our usual channels so if you need support, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

Tower Crane Cleanliness

In light of the current situation, we would like to remind all operators of the importance of the cleanliness of tower cranes and ancillaries, and the upkeep of necessary procedures during these unprecedented times.

Every tower crane MUST be cleaned by each operator on a regular basis, especially before and during the handover process on multi-operator sites (i.e. relief operators systems, continuation of operation during breaks, extended hours/24hr operations etc.) and every time that an operator climbs down from the crane.

All areas of the crane require cleaning, but extra attention is needed on items that are handled or come into regular contact with hands, body parts and potentially bodily fluids. These items include but are not limited to:

  • Door Handles
  • Grab Rails
  • Shelves
  • Radios
  • Windows

Please ensure you follow social distancing guidelines at ALL times, maintaining a minimum of 2 meters distance between yourself and other people and avoid all situations where this is not possible (including but not exhaustive; public transport, busy areas inc. site canteens, drying rooms, smoking areas, etc.).

We also reiterate the need that should ANY member of the lifting team start feeling or become ill, or begin to show any Coronavirus symptoms, of the vital importance of notifying site management immediately so the necessary precautions can be acted upon.

We hope that this information finds you safe and well – please look out for yourself and others around you during these difficult times.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Remote Working

In light of the escalation of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have taken the decision to begin working remotely. We have robust systems in place, meaning that our team will continue to provide you with the high level of service you have come to expect from us here at MPS Crane Operators.

You are able to contact us by phone on 01443 238452 as usual, or by using the details below:

  • adrian@mpscraneoperators.com
  • jeff@mpscraneoperators.com
  • rhiannonp@mpscraneoperators.com
  • sian@mpscraneoperators.com

Whilst the Government is increasing its calls for people to remain at home and to avoid all non-essential travel, at the time of writing, many construction sites across the country continue to operate. The following link contains the latest guidance on working during the current period of restrictions, as published by the Government: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

As per the guidance, where your work absolutely cannot be done from home, you are still able to travel to and from work provided you are well and neither you nor any of your household are self-isolating. This is consistent with advice from the Chief Medical Officer. We would like to remind all MPS Operators of the social distancing procedures that should be followed during your journey to and from site – maintaining a 2 metre distance from others, and washing your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds (or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available). Where possible, we would strongly advise you to consider other means of transport to avoid using public transport.

Whilst construction sites continue to operate they must implement the Site Operating Procedures, details of which can be found here. If a site is not implementing these measures, it may be required to shut down.

We appreciate your patience during this difficult time and we look forward to a time when we can all safely return to work. For further details and future updates, please monitor this page on a regular basis.

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