Working During Covid-19 Pandemic

Working During Covid-19 Pandemic

The majority of the team are back to work here at Wallers. We are all being very careful and taking maximum precautions to help minimise the risk to clients and other members of the team. Social distancing is being enforced wherever it is practically possible to ensure we can carry on working during Covid-19 pandemic.

Safety Measures in Place

Our offices are a very different place to work in comparison to before the outbreak. Many safety measures have been implemented. Face masks have been supplied to all Waller employees to keep themselves and others safe. In the offices, large protective screens are on every desk to help protect each other and keep everyone apart. There is a hand sanitiser station at the entrance to the building. In addition to this, every desk has a large bottle of hand sanitiser which we are encouraged to use regularly.

The majority of doors and windows are being left open throughout the day to help ventilate the office and minimise any risk.

Away From the Office

As well as hand sanitiser in the office, each member of staff have a bottle for their company vehicles. Travelling to site with others in the same vehicle is being kept to an absolute minimum. This can only take place in the larger vehicles. There must be an empty seat inbetween each person which allows a safe distance. Additionally, the windows must be left open to ensure optimum ventilation. In the majority of cases staff travel to site in their own separate vehicles.

On Site

Obviously, we have to attend sites for progress visits and to attend meetings. Visits are being kept to a minimum to help reduce the chances of spreading or catching the virus. Workers are being provided with face masks and hand sanitiser for them to use at their own will. Signs are being put up to help remind everyone about the rules and guidelines that have to be followed on and off site.

Working Safely in Schools

Arriving at schools is a very strange experience at the moment. Temperatures are being taken, masks are being handed out and hand sanitiser stations are dotted around everywhere. As visitors, we have to follow the schools rules and procedures to ensure we keep the staff and students safe. Any deliveries of materials have to be dropped off and unloaded at times when children are not in the area. We have to ensure that a clear path to the working area is available.

Schools are Very Different Places at the Moment

One of the things that has made an impact on me the most is how differently schools are having to functioning at the moment. Clear, two meter markings have been applied to corridor floors and across playgrounds to help the students maintain social distancing. Desks are laid out in an exam style to make sure that there is enough space between students. Staggered lunch and break times have been put in place to reduce large groups of childrenbeing near each other. One way systems have also been put in place around schools and everyone needs to follow and abide these measures.

What I do admire is how seriously the majority of people are taking this and lengths they are prepared change their daily routine in order to minimise risk to others.

 

Hopefully, the world will be back to normal soon, but until then stay safe and follow government guidelines

Too see some of the latest projects that Waller Building and Glazing have carried out in schools please on the following link https://www.wallerservices.com/schools-education-clients/

 

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Waller's New Assistant Contracts Manager

Waller’s New Assistant Contracts Manager

Hi, I’m Sam Waller. I am Waller Associates’ new assistant contracts manager. I joined the company in the Autumn of 2019. As you can probably tell from the name, I am joining my dad and uncle into the family business that my grandparents co-founded many years ago. I feel a sense of pride in carrying on the family name whilst also bringing my own younger ideas and veiws to the table.

Joining the Team

This is the first blog I that have written for Wallers. It is slightly different than what I expected to be writing about. As I started working for the company, I found that I settled in very quickly. This was mainly because of how welcoming and friendly the whole workforce were towards me. Instantly, I felt like I was part of the team and everyone was happy to teach the Waller way. I noticed that two important factors were the general etiquette that the company promotes and the also high standards within office and site procedures.

New Skills

I have learnt new skills such as using the designing software on the computer. I have also adapted and added simple skills such as writing emails and speaking on the phone in a business manor. Unfortunately, as I was growing in confidence and getting a feel for what working life was about, life was to change for everyone at the end of March in a way that nobody expected.

Coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus outbreak my learning had to come to a halt as the country was thrown into lockdown. My uncle reacted quickly to the news that was changing on what seemed like an hourly basis. He ensured that staff were placed onto the government’s furlough scheme which protected our staff and the company. This was essential, because of lockdown we couldn’t work which meant that no money was coming into the business.

What I did in Lockdown

With so many weeks off I tried to keep myself busy. I’m quite an active person so the thought of not being able to do much was a bit worrying. Luckily for me the weather was lovely and hot so I was still able to work outside in the garden. I started to do maintenance work such as removing trees, cutting grass and general clearing which kept me very busy. I had also started running at the beginning of the year so the time I was furloughed allowed me to focus on that. Running regularly inspired me to apply for the Brighton Marathon with a few others from the office. This takes place in April next year and I got in! Like Rees has mentioned in his recent blog I am looking forward to getting back on the golf course, obviously social distancing in place.

Back to Work

Company staff were phased back to work to make sure that the office set up was safe. I was one of the last to return and it’s good to be back. At first it felt strange but now it feels like I’ve never been away. Although we are back, things are very different. Safety is the main concern and the offices have changed. Steve has ensured that nobody is working within two metres of each other unless there is a protective Perspex screen separating them. There are bottles of sanitiser on every desk with signs up everywhere to remind staff to keep their distance from each other and wash their hands. Hopefully things will improve and the coronavirus will dissapear meaning that we can concentrate on growing the business and get back to a normal life.

Sam

To view the types of projects we carry out click on the following link https://www.wallerservices.com/building/education/larger-projects/

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