The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting life around the world – and Oregon is no exception. Businesses have found smart, safe ways to get the job done while meeting the unprecedented challenge of keeping a highly contagious virus out of worksites.
Highway construction crucial to the future of Oregon can go forward by using “social distancing” safety measures – such as keeping work crew members six feet apart.
Oregon’s civil contractors adopted new practices to keep key ODOT projects on track and on time. Safety pays off with healthy workers able to earn a paycheck, support their families, build Oregon’s future and keep the economy on the move.
We’re highlighting some of the ways ODOT and its partners in the construction and trucking industry, along with local communities, are using social distancing and prominent warnings to meet the COVID-19 challenge.
Take Wildish Construction Company, who are completing an Interstate 105 bridge deck concrete placement in Eugene. Employees have been trained on COVID-19 safety protocol. In this photo, a social distancing officer in an orange-over-yellow safety coat monitors compliance.
Like Wildish, Carter & Company, of Salem, put safety protocols first as they poured a silica fume concrete deck on Interstate 84 near Hood River. Again, a social distancing officer oversees safe work practices.
California-based Granite Construction Company workers in eastern Oregon wear cards on their safety vets to remind anyone nearby to stay six feet away. Our ODOT Region 5 construction crews have adopted a similar reminder card. (related story coming soon)
CRH Americas Materials of Salem applied decals at typical contact points on their dump and concrete trucks to remind workers of COVID-19 safety protocols.
Thank you, everyone, for doing your part.