MVIS | Adaptable, Collaborative, Efficient: Highways sector ACE’s Covid-19 transition
Over the last two months, the highways sector may well have made the greatest collective adjustment to working protocols that the industry has ever seen.
Much of the mainstream news has been bleak as the coronavirus has taken a huge toll in the UK and continues to have a daily impact on our lives. Some industries have been forced to completely postpone operations, leading to some business closures in the most unfortunate outcomes.
Throughout this period, essential infrastructure works have continued to be delivered by our key workers across the UK highways network.
With employees still operating, companies across the sector have been forced to adapt, evolve, and collaborate to produce new methods of working practice to protect workforces whilst still producing results.
This challenge continues to be faced daily and following the Prime Ministers roadmap to ease the nation out of lockdown, MVIS reflects on what has been, and continues to be a testing period with some optimism and importantly – a well-earned ‘well done’ for the sector as a whole.
Anne Ashman, MVIS General Manager told us:
“This has obviously been an extremely difficult time for many. Both businesses and individuals alike have never experienced anything quite like this before.
“Whilst as a nation we are certainly not out of the woods when it comes to the pitfalls of Covid-19, we do feel it’s important to reflect and champion the positive things our industry has shown it can achieve when everyone is pulling together. Collaborative efforts to set a nationwide safety standard have been excellent.
“Internally, we have taken all appropriate measures including our team working from home where possible and strict social distancing measures being introduced.
“Additionally, the way both our suppliers and customers have adapted and responded to new challenges very quickly is something that I think has been widely implemented across the entire sector, and we’re grateful to all working with MVIS for their efforts in keeping our workforce safe as well as their own.
“I have also seen a number of COVID-19 action plans and statements over the last 6 weeks released by companies outside of our own supply chain that firstly, shows just how seriously the sector has taken this virus, but secondly just how adaptable and efficient we are as a sector to implementing new protocols -and this is something the industry as a whole should be proud of.”
On major schemes, where it is commonplace for workforces from multiple companies to be operating in the same place, the implementation of government guidelines alongside site safety protocol is perhaps the greatest potential for risk – particularly if all operatives aren’t singing from the same safety hymn sheet.
“In spite of the current climate, to have a multitude of workforces operating successfully across the same site is something I feel we should be proud of being able to deliver. Our own operatives have reported back feeling safe on-site, so we thank everybody who is pulling together and collaborating to make sure that our people are looked after.”