Rely on Union Construction to Mitigate ALL Known Risks
Most business sectors are still grappling with how to stay open and stay safe. Now, with the FDA’s full approval of the (Moderna) COVID vaccine, those calling the shots are better positioned to shift the risk burdens downstream. Fortunately, Union Construction is prepared to take on these challenges.
Burden Shifting, the NFL as Lead Blocker for Other Industries
The National Football League is probably the highest profile example of this burden shifting. As a quick refresher, if a game is cancelled due to a COVID outbreak among unvaccinated players, that club will forfeit the contest.
The now well-circulated July 22, 2021, memo also states that teams are obligated to have their players ready to play at the scheduled time and place, intimating that failure to get vaccinated is deemed ‘conduct detrimental’ to the team.
Right or wrong, these work rules clearly identify who will be held responsible for failing to mitigate these known risks. Which is a trend we’re seeing across all industry segments and across all of society.
Union Construction, Prepared for All Extremes & All (Occupied) Environments
Some may say that these rules are extreme, and perhaps they are, but COVID doesn’t mess around. And neither does Union Construction.
Union members and their contractors recognize that the main agenda on a jobsite is to get the work done safely and on time. To help ensure that everyone is pulling in the same direction, those involved in the project recognize and respect site-specific work rules designed to protect the end user and its clients. This is especially the case for healthcare, nursing homes and school projects
Hospitals are an obvious yet excellent example of the need to hire the professionals who leave nothing to chance. Working in an environment occupied by a vulnerable population, requires application of a strict, selfless protocol, namely Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA). These processes may be tedious, but the discipline and mental reps have prepared members across all trades for the need to incorporate new tech and safety protocols.
Nursing homes are another congregate setting that has unfortunately been targeted particularly hard by COVID, and where heightened safety protocols are expected. When taken together with schools, these three construction subsets make up a significant portion of the industry that contains vulnerable and unvaccinated members of society. This has resulting in many owners announcing or preparing for vaccination mandates on jobsites.
It’s important for project owners to know they can rely on Union Construction as these heightened safety trends expand to other industry segments as well.
An Industry that Lives by a Code
To coin the late Michael K. Williams, “an industry’s gotta have a code.” For the Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council, it’s called the Code of Distinction. An agreement between the industry stakeholders, ensuring that every project is delivered with the greatest degree of professionalism, and supports and advances the priorities of developers, contractors and members.
In the context of COVID, every individual who touches a jobsite has pledged to do their best to help every co-worker return home safe at the conclusion of every shift. These are more than just words, they are a way of life in the building and construction trades. That’s why you see significant investment in safety training, plans and protocols. And an acceptance of ‘new’ forms of PPE.
Relevant to the NFL example above, here the building and construction trades are committed to cooperating with the Customer and Employer to meet their statutory, regulatory and contractual responsibilities to maintain a safe, healthy and sanitary workplace. Though strained through these trying times, this commitment helps ensure that union affiliated contractors can prioritize the delivery of a safe product to their clients.
It’s through this partnership and collaboration that contractors maintain their competitive advantage.
Prioritizing the Work
Concerns and skepticism over the jab may be merited. However, project owners have businesses to run, and they expect all known risks to be mitigated on their jobsites. That’s why they know they can turn to Union Construction, which will push everything else aside, and step up and deliver.