Tradesman have been hit hard over the last 12 months. The COVID pandemic has made being able to work more difficult and has also reduced demand for many, as business premises are left unoccupied and people who are working from home look to avoid disruption. Mercifully the second lockdown hasn’t been as restrictive as the first and most tradesman have been free to ply their trades. Here at Coversure we’ve seen a steady stream of tradesman insurance quote requests as business owners get back to work in response to pent up customer demand.
While it’s great that things are getting back to normal, we’re not out of the woods yet and it’s important to stay safe while you’re at work. To help you do this, here are Coversure’s 10 Easy Tips To Working Safely In Lockdown.
Tip 1: Keep your distance and keep the air flowing – social distancing should be always observed, but if you’re on a job indoors with other people that can prove difficult. If you do find yourself working in close proximity, then keep your mask on and open windows and internal doors to keep a flow of air.
Tip 2: Keep your tools clean – for most tradesman, the day isn’t over until their tools are cleaned and safely stowed away. At the present time its even more important to keep to this best practise. COVID can live on stainless steel surfaces for up to 72 hours, so at the end of the day give them a good clean with an antiseptic wipe.
Tip 3: Do a risk assessment of the job before you start – COVID is no joke, so before you take on a project make a risk assessment of the site. Ask yourself is it well-ventilated, how many people will be required to get the work done and how long it will take? Ideally this should be done virtually by the owner showing you what you need to see via their phone. If the job can be won but the work undertaken at a later, safer date, then so much the better.
Remember, if you have a larger business and are looking to deploy five or more people, you’ll need approval from a union representative before you go ahead.
Tip 4: Keep visits to a minimum and take regular breaks – time on site is time you’re at risk, so keep it down. When on the job, if you are inside then go outside as often as you can, keep a mask on and regularly wipe or wash your hands.
Tip 5: Keep deliveries to a minimum – plan the job well in advance and either buy supplies from a single source with a single delivery or try to co-ordinate deliveries and keep them down. The fewer people you have coming and going, the better.
Tip 6: Ask the customer to keep their distance – while its only natural that they’ll want to see how you’re progressing, ask them to leave you to it. This will not only reduce the chances of close interaction but will allow you to get the job done more quickly. If you’d like some help on social distancing while working indoors, then please read the Government’s advice here.
Tip 7: Take your own tea – bringing a thermos will save you having to rely on using the customer’s crockery and try to take your breaks outside. When you get home give everything a soak in hot soapy water for at least 5 minutes.
Tip 8: Don’t take your rubbish home with you – have bin liners or refuse sacks with you, clear away packaging as you go and spray the contents with a disinfectant before sealing as COVID can live on card for up to 24hrs. Once full put them outside away from people and dispose at a tip as soon as you can.
Tip 9: Stay updated – the situation is still evolving – as evidenced by the new ‘South African’ and ‘Kent’ variants – and the advice is changing too. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) offers regularly updated free advice and can help you stay safe while at work.
Tip 10: Make sure you have sufficient public liability insurance and employers’ liability insurance in place – it has never been more important to be properly protected, so if in doubt contact your local Coversure office for some independent advice.
Like Some Tradesman’s Insurance Help?
If you would like some help protecting yourself and your business while working or would like a tradesman’s liability insurance quote, then please contact your local Coversure office. They’ll be only too happy to help you get the cover you need and help you stay safe while at work.