March 30, 2020
Related to recent ECA messages regarding COVID-19, the construction industry in California has been exempted from the Governor’s ‘Stay-at-Home’ Executive Order. However, many recent news accounts, social media videos, etc, have surfaced throughout the state that clearly show some construction work sites in plainly visible and situational non-compliance to recognized distancing and cleanliness guidelines. These include, not adhering to physical distance requirements (6-8 feet apart at all times including breaks), disinfection of common areas, tools or equipment, etc.
This situation has become even more urgent than it was before. While there are likely just relatively few firms that are not in compliance—it is their inaction and/or indifference that is causing the construction industry as a whole to come under fire in a false message that the industry is not safe and is not taking care of its workers. Nothing could be further from the truth. Safety on the job site always has been and will remain the absolute highest priority of our contractor members.
Still, the Governor, the Mayor of L.A. and other public officials are now openly warning the construction industry that failure to follow these and other basic rules regarding COVID-19 will result in much more restrictive policies, up to and including shutting down of construction in the state. This has already happened in other states.
The ECA urges all of our member contractors to raise the threshold of their safety standards and practices—taking into full account the critical emergency we are all facing as a community. As a reminder, below is a link to comprehensive COVID- 19 response guidance provided by the Laborers Health & Safety Fund of North America.
If you have any questions, please call the ECA office number or my mobile phone: 657-281-972
Ray M. Baca