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Guidance on temporary closure of construction sites

Risk management

The following provides guidance on how to manage a construction site shutdown in order to reduce the risks and impact of any issues during a temporary closure of the works.

Temporary closure - pre-planning considerations

  • Carry out a risk assessment of the site
  • Consider the legal and contractual implications of a temporary closure of the site
  • Create a close down plan which specifically details critical areas on the site
  • Establish a list of key contacts and detail responsibilities

Temporary closure - when demobilisation commences

  • Document the progress made on site to date
  • Ensure emergency services access plans and provisions remain in place
  • Remove waste from the site or secure covered and lockable containers
  • Remove or secure scaffolding to prevent access
  • Inspect current temporary support works
  • Establish additional temporary support works for part built structures
  • Back fill or cover over excavations and ensure dewatering systems are working
  • Lock anti-climb hatches on tower cranes and note the expiry date of the certificate of¬†thorough examination
  • Retain essential electrical power supplies but drain down water systems and shut off water and gas supplies
  • Remove materials and plant from site back to a secure depot or secure within lockable containers and buildings
  • Check the site fencing and make any necessary repairs
  • Establish site security during the closure period (whether staffed or remote monitoring)
  • Record contact information for key personnel and establish responsibility for site access

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