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Teamwork is Key to Completing Projects Safely at Lehrer Cumming

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It takes a team effort to keep people safe on a project site, particularly during a pandemic. New York City-based owner advisor Lehrer Cumming has kept this in mind as it has provided services to its clients after the outbreak of COVID-19.

“Our role as project managers is to bring together our general contractors, subcontractors and design team to work with the Department of Buildings and other agencies to create and maintain a work environment that reassures all on-site that they can work safely and productivity,” COO Gavin Middleton declared in a recent article in Commercial Observer.

Fortunately, this enthusiasm for staying safe has not been one-sided. The local industry has shown its willingness to take the proper precautions to stay safe as well, as New York City nears a three-month milestone since its official restart of construction. “The need to move adequate tradespeople and materials vertically throughout the job has led to the introduction of staggered starts to allow for social distancing compliance not only within the hoist, but in wait areas at grade and on landing areas throughout the site,” Lehrer Cumming writes.

“Increased job site hygiene, as well as enhanced health screening requirements and the recording of all individuals on-site, have been embraced by an industry that has always adapted to continue through times of adversity,” the company continues. “Creating environments where workers feel comfortable and safe, while still successfully navigating the ever-changing material and scheduling disruptions is what has allowed many of NYC’s building sites to approach the same level of productivity as it was before the shutdown.”

According to Middleton, the future of the construction industry depends on keeping workers safe and healthy so projects can continue. “And we have seen project teams rally behind each other knowing that smart behaviors and strong job site leadership will lead to success,” he said in Commercial Observer.

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