Roofing contractors around the country are having office employees work remotely, keeping workspaces clean and using satellite imagery and other strategies to minimize human contact, all to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Kelly Roofing President Ken Kelly recommends having some workers on hand to replace others who become sick.
Project shutdowns during the coronavirus pandemic differ from closures in other disasters because of the indefinite timeline. Kim Slowey reviews basic steps required, beginning with securing sites for safety and other reasons.
Safety talks on construction sites tend to violate social distancing guidelines, because workers crowd together. But construction-software company HCSS offers a distancing-friendly alternative, with two safety talks that address the coronavirus pandemic in the HCSS Safety module, letting parties participate online.
Pending sales of existing US homes increased 2.4% in February compared with January and 9.4% compared with February 2019, according to the National Association of Realtors. Future statistics are likely to show a downturn to reflect the coronavirus pandemic, but Lawrence Yun, the association's chief economist, says he expects economic stimulus to revive the market this year.
The stadium currently being built for the Fredericksburg Nationals minor league baseball team in Virginia will be able to support rooftop solar panels. The installation of the rooftop system had to be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but "as soon as we can, we want to get back to that," said stadium project manager Peter Kirk.
Contact your creditors to see whether you qualify to skip payments on credit cards, mortgages or auto loans because of the coronavirus, writes Chris Arnold from the NPR Life Kit podcast. Other topics covered include maintaining health insurance, seeking unemployment and trimming spending.
Workers say some employers are providing case studies in how not to handle layoffs, severance and safety during the coronavirus pandemic. Poor communication is a top complaint, with companies using video or social media to announce layoffs to staff.
Confusion over what constitutes essential construction work has led to premature shutdowns. The Department of Homeland Security has offered guidance that adds 21 areas of construction to four previously deemed essential.
You'll hear the latest legal ramifications, a manufacturer sharing their perspective, a digital community expert on staying connected to the industry, a contractor on how they are handling social distancing and a technology provider sharing updates on Toolbox Talks for COVID-19, as well as an update on what is happening in Canada.