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How Paving Contractors Are Coping With COVID-19

Apr 26

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many industries to change, including construction and paving. While construction workers have been forced to adjust their work practices and policies, paving contractors are working even harder than usual to stay compliant with the new regulations. Read on to learn more about how paving contractors are coping with COVID-19. We'll also look at the cost of safety protocols, proximity detection systems, and adjusted subcontractor and site visitor policies.

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Costs of COVID-19 testing

For the last several years, the costs of COVID-19 testing for paving companies have risen significantly. Although the actual cost is still difficult to determine, some companies have been able to lower their COVID-19 testing costs. For example, Quest Diagnostics charges $125 for a molecular test, while Labcorp reports that it has performed more than 50 million COVID-19 tests. The two companies expect to make more money in the next few years thanks to higher COVID-19 testing rates.

However, the costs of COVID-19 tests are often not covered by health insurance plans. Under the CARES Act and FFCRA, certain private plans may not require their employees to undergo COVID-19 tests. Therefore, some health insurers waive their COVID-19 testing costs. However, this benefit does not apply to short-term, limited-duration plans. The bipartisan administration has made it easier for employers to reimburse COVID testing costs.

Cost of implementing safety protocols

The implementation of safety protocols is crucial to preventing the spread of COVID-19, but contractors are often underestimating the costs, leading to change orders and lower confidence from owners. In this paper, we will outline the cost of implementing safety protocols for paving contractors in COVID-19 and discuss the rationale for these cost increases. We also present a hypothetical project case study and estimate the costs of PPE and Fit Testing.

Throughout the process, stakeholders should ensure that all employees follow the guidelines. They must wear appropriate PPE, and not share their personal protective equipment (PPE) with others. They should also keep their work vehicles and equipment clean. PennDOT has published a document titled Vehicle/Equipment Cleanliness Protocol 32 that details these guidelines. In addition, stakeholders should ensure that workers travel separately and get medical attention if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19.

Cost of implementing proximity detection systems

Implementing proximity detection systems is a critical part of a paving contractor's business plan. They help them meet compliance requirements and reduce costs. The cost of implementing proximity sensors can range from $6,000 to over $1 million. This price range depends on the complexity of the system but can be justified based on the benefits. A proximity sensor is an ideal solution for paving contractors because it improves the safety of their workers and reduces their environmental impact.

Proximity detection systems work by sending a signal from the machine to other objects. If the signal hits something, the device sends an audio alert. RFID technology sends a radio wave from an antenna on the machine to a passive or active tag worn by the ground worker. An audio alert is sent to the operator to warn them about a potential danger. Using proximity sensors can save lives and minimize the costs associated with liability lawsuits.

 

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2904 Winsted Rd, Torrington, CT 06790

(860) 482-5505

 

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