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Gov. Inslee to lift low risk construction during COVID-19 pandemic

- Olympia, WA

Governor Jay Inslee announced Friday that a deal has been reached to allow low-risk construction to resume in Washington state, marking one of the first steps the state is taking to slowly reopen the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Many construction projects were put on hold when Inslee issued a stay-at-home order March 23 to slow the spread of coronavirus.

"We have been working towards this measure for some time, and this work has allowed us to create a very comprehensive safety plan because we are thinking about everyone in construction," said Gov. Inslee.

The governor put together a task force from the building industry, state workers and the trade unions to come up with safety recommendations. The recommendations given to him are posted on the Washington Building and Trades Council website and list a number of new guidelines to try and keep workers safe at job sites.

They include things like having a COVID-19 site supervisor to monitor the health of employees and to make sure a safety plan is followed. Workers would be provided with personal protective equipment, like gloves, goggles, face shields and masks. They have to stay 6 feet apart, and soap and running water have to be abundantly provided for at all job sites for hand washing. The job sites will need extra cleaning, and workers will need extra training.

The recommendations given to him are four pages long with 30 points. It’s not known if all of it will be put in place.

If construction does restart at now dormant job sites, it could put thousands of people back to work.


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