Glenveagh Properties has today started the reopening of 16 construction sites across the country in line with public health guidelines.
The sites were closed seven weeks ago on March 30.
The company stressed that the reopening of its sites will occur on a phased, gradual basis to ensure that all employees and sub-contractors have the opportunity to adapt to the new protocols which have been put in place.
About 30 construction workers returned to its site in Barnhall Meadows in Leixlip out of a full complement of over 100.
Glenveagh has made a number of changes to normal procedures including online trading for staff on the new safety protocols as well as staggered start and end times to minimise congestion at site entrances and exits.
Workers have also been advised to travel on their own to sites rather than share vehicles, while new washing and sanitising stations have been set up at the entrance and exit points on site.
Extensive signage has been set up throughout the sites to emphasis social distancing, while break times will be staggered and canteen facilities restricted to facilitate social distancing.
New “C19 Compliance Officers” have also been appointed to deal with queries, coach staff and monitor observance of the relevant protocols.
Glenveagh’s chief executive Stephen Garvey said the company was adopting a cautious approach and that it would be some time before all construction workers are back on sites.
“The priority is health and safety and getting everyone used to the new protocols and that will take a little time. Our next priority will be to finish out units for over 500 customers who are looking forward to moving into a home this year,” the CEO added.