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COVID-19 Construction Site Reopening – Mental Health and Colleague Engagement


Following reopening of many construction sites across Ireland from Monday May 18th, site managers have needed to ensure appropriate safety and social distancing measures are implemented in order to manage COVID-19 risk on reopened site.

All workers returning to site must complete a COVID-19 online induction for safe working launched by the Irish Construction Federation and the Irish government. This course provides guidance on social distancing as well as steps to deal with COVID-19 symptoms forming part of a wider return to work protocol.

However, are all workers comfortable being back at work? 

What are the mental health implications of returning to site this week, considering use of public transport and interaction with other colleagues?

What impact will this have on site management, productivity and employee relations and are there any insurance or claims implications?

Are there steps that can be taken by employers in relation to best practice around health and wellbeing of employees as they become acquainted with a changed environment?

Lorna Feeney, Head of Mental Health Strategy at Marsh, sits down for a virtual discussion with Julie Galbraith, Partner Employment Law at Eversheds Sutherland Ireland to discuss these issues and practical steps employers can take to manage these challenges and ensure their staff can carry out their duties in a safe environment.