The French construction sector alerts to the risk of Covid-19 and requests a temporary shutdown of construction sites

Our French partner, the Federation Francaise du Batimen (FFB) has informed in its corporate website the demands of the sector to protect professionals from the health crisis, caused by coronavirus.

The President of the French Republic sounded the “general mobilisation” against the coronavirus pandemic during his speech on 16th March. In this context, the construction sector urged the government to stop construction work temporarily, except for urgent interventions, giving it ten days to organise itself.
The sectoral stakeholders consider that the Health and Safety of professionals is an absolute priority for construction and public works companies.

The reasons of these demands are: the lack of protective measures for employees, such as the absence of protective masks; customers who disrupt certain workplaces; major supply difficulties; and certain interventions by the Police Forces that stop workplaces, the construction sector and public works; in addition to the disorganization, the health risks and the lack of understanding, mixed with a legitimate concern of both the managers of the companies and the employees.

As a reminder, the construction and public works sector in France employs more than 2 million people throughout the country. It is therefore our collective responsibility to limit as far as possible the risks of the spread of the coronavirus and to find solutions with the government to protect the health of employees and ensure the continuation of activity in good conditions.

Access to the FFB article, in the following link.