A new amendment to the Construction Regulations was signed on April 2nd. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many operators within the construction industry have found it impossible to have Safe Pass cards renewed. The amendment extends the validity of current cards.
The full amendment text can be accessed at https://dbei.gov.ie/en/Legislation/SI-No-102-of-2020.html
Health and Safety Act trumps government advice, Fenwick Elliott partner adds
This week’s widespread shutdown of building sites across the UK has probably triggered by contractors realising their insurance does not cover claims for breaches of health and safety law, a leading construction lawyer has said.
Jon Miller, a partner at law firm Fenwick Elliott, said firms were more concerned with complying with the Health And Safety At Work Act than the government’s social distancing advice to keep sites open as long as workers could keep 2m apart at all times.