Survey of construction workers reveals insight into impact of COVID-19, with 55% saying governnment interventions have made situation worse

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23rd April 2020 08:37 - Construction

Survey of construction workers reveals insight into impact of COVID-19, with 55% saying governnment interventions have made situation worse for industry: A survey of construction workers has revealed insight into how they feel the coronavirus crisis is impacting the industry. 

The survey of 1,043 people in the trade for Construction News asked respondents a series of questions from how well they feel their organisation is handling the impact of COVID-19, to how well they feel the government's interventions have affected business and the construction industry as a whole. Some also answered a question on how it is affecting their mental health. 

The research found that more than half (55%) the participants polled feel the measures introduced by the government have made their company's ability to function and survive worse, with three in ten (30%) saying they had 'made matters considerably worse'. In contrast, almost a fifth said it had made little difference (18%), while slightly more (19%) said the measures had 'somewhat' or 'greatly' improved the situation. 

When asked how they feel their employer has responded to the crisis, more than half (52%) said they feel their organisation has handled the situation well - with 23% believing it to be 'very well'. Just over a quarter answered 'okay', while a fifth (20%) said they think it has been handled poorly. 

Around two-thirds of respondents gave insight into how they are personally feeling, with 91% saying it has had a negative effect on their mental health. 

The survey also found that more than half (54%) the subsctroctors polled said their employers had reduced the number of workers on sites, or completely removed them - with around a fifth (22%) asking all staff working on site to go home. When it came to main contractors, just 9% had sent all site workers home, according to the survey, with more than half (51%) reducing the number of workers on site.



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