Taking Extra Safety Precautions
Due to COVID-19 the Timco team has implemented extra safety precautions in order to protect our workers, project partners and the public. Our updated safety guidelines have been developed in-line with recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the world health organization, OSHA, and the AGC. We are committed to protecting our employees, trade partners and the communities in which we serve. Following is a high-level overview of the actions we have put-in-place and are actively updating, adding to and improving upon as circumstances change.
All COVID-19 transmission and prevention protocols have been incorporated into every one of our job hazard analyses (JHAs) and pre-task safety plans. We are continually evaluating the specific hazards on each of our job sites along with the CDC recommendations to determine the most appropriate job hazard analysis for the project/task as it relates to the spread and/or transmission of COVID-19.
Employee Guidelines & Personal Responsibilities
- Employees should not report to work if they are experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory illness (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, chills, or fatigue), and should seek medical attention if they develop these symptoms. If symptoms arise, employee must stay home and should not return to work until free of symptoms for at least 72 hours.
- If someone in your household gets sick or begins to show signs of symptoms, employee must immediately notify their supervisors and stay home. They must consult medical attention if they develop symptoms of acute respiratory illness.
- Employees are discouraged from using other workers’ phones, iPads, electronic devices, desks, workstations, offices, tools, and equipment including personal protective equipment (PPE).
Social Distancing Guidelines
- To prevent transmission of the virus through the air through saliva or mucus, the CDC recommends maintaining a distance of 6 feet from another person. By maintaining a proper “social distance” of 6 feet from others, we will prevent transfer of the virus when someone coughs, sneezes or speaks.
- Work in occupied areas should be limited to only those tasks that are strictly necessary.
Limit physical contact with others. All employees will make a conscious effort to increase personal space (to at least 6 feet) whenever possible.
- Out-of-office meetings will be limited to those necessary only and have been replaced with phone/online meetings.
- Breaks and lunch shifts have been staggered to reduce the size of the group in the lunch area at any one time to less than 10 people.
- Clean and disinfect break tables at the end of each break. Do not congregate in lunch / break or other social/communal areas.
Jobsite / Office Practices
- Superintendents will conduct daily screenings prior to entering jobsites
- Signage regarding updated guidelines have been posted at each jobsite
- Employees should wash their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or washing for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water.
- Do not share tools or any multi-user devices and accessories such as iPads, laptops, hand-held radios, computer stations, etc.
- Limit the exchange/sharing of paper documents and instead use electronic communication whenever possible.
- Do not share personal protection equipment (PPE).
- Sanitize reusable PPE per manufacturer’s recommendation prior to each use.
- Properly dispose of used PPE.
- Utilize disposable gloves when appropriate and always wash hands after removing gloves.
- Disinfect reusable supplies and equipment.
- Routinely conduct environmental cleaning (doorknobs, keyboards, counters, and other surfaces).
- Do not use a common water cooler. Employees should bring their own water bottles if desired.
- Utilize shoe sanitation tubs (non-bleach sanitizer solution) prior to entering/leaving jobsite).
- Clean surfaces of heavy equipment enclosed cabs including service/fleet vehicles, steering wheel, gear shift, instrument panels, etc.; use aerosol sanitizers inside closed cabs.
- Replace cabin air filters if you suspect they have been exposed or compromised by sick employee.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Gloves: Gloves should be worn at all times while on site. The type of glove worn should be appropriate to the task. If gloves are not typically required for the task, then any type of glove is acceptable, including latex gloves, nonsterile disposable.
- Eye protection: Eye protection should be worn all times while on site.
- Face masks should be worn if required by the work.