General Contracting Safety – COVID-19 & Our New Reality
As a general contracting, design-build, and construction management company, safety is always top of mind for us here at Azimuth Builders. From the planning stage to construction to clean up, the security of our clients and our employees isn’t a talking point. We are all part of this community, and we know everyone is going through some tough times. So far, 2020 has been a crazy ride. The Coronavirus has made its way to Canada, and it’s affecting every aspect of our lives. The future has come to our children as they now attend school virtually. We can’t meet at the local pub for a drink and a chat. We can’t take our families out to the movies, or the pool, or even the library. We miss our friends, we miss our families, and we miss our hockey. Why are we as a community doing all of this? To keep our friends, families, and neighbours safe. Safety is at the heart of what we at Azimuth Builders hold dear. We are still Albertans. We are builders, and we are innovators, and we are tuff. This virus, COVID-19, won’t keep us down. Already we are finding ways to beat it. Our kids are still learning. We meet with friends for a drink like our kids attend school, virtually. We are finding new hobbies. We are rediscovering old ones. We still miss the human contact of our friends and loved ones, but we’re reaching out to some who we haven’t seen for a long time. Okay, we all still miss hockey, but we will get through this. We at Azimuth Builders are still doing business. We are still working, and we are here to help you grow through this challenging time. Our focus right now is on keeping everyone safe, just like its always been. Our clients, employees, and sub-contractors have always worn the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to stay safe. We still wear our hardhats, safety glasses, steel-toed boots, and gloves. But now we have some more tools that we have added to our toolkit. We practice social distancing. No one is allowed to come to work or stay at work if they feel ill in any way. They must go home immediately, and self isolate. We now wash our hands religiously for 20 to 30 seconds. Oh, here is a video on how to correctly wash those hands of yours: Correct Way to Wash your Hands. There are many more guidelines we follow, as outlined by the Government of Alberta. Here is a link to a copy of those guidelines: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-workplace-guidance-for-business-owners.pdf. We at Azimuth Builders understand how stressful these times can be. COVID-19 doesn’t’ seem to be going away any time soon. We all must take the time to check on our loved ones and our neighbours. People are feeling real anxiety and depression. They are concerned about their futures, but we need to be more concerned about one another right now. Take care of yourself too. Make sure that you limit the time you spend consuming information on COVID-19. Reach out to friends and family if you’re feeling alone. It often helps to hear a friendly voice. Here is a link to a document on how to maintain your mental health through this pandemic: COVID-19 and Your Mental Health If you have any questions about any aspect of the construction process, reach out to us. We’d be happy to chat with you. Things won’t be slow forever. Fire away if you have questions. Now is the time. Let us get to know about you and any project you are thinking of pursuing. COVID-19 is making it difficult for us to communicate with each other, but not impossible. We can video chat, talk on the phone, or even communicate through emails. Azimuth Builders still offers progressive solutions to all our clients, friends, and neighbours. We’re here to help you be successful, to meet your potential. Author Bio: Gary Bizek is the President founder of Azimuth Builders, which is located in Calgary, Alberta. You can visit our secure website at https://azimuthbuilders.com/. Contact them at 403-801-4612 to learn more about their general contracting services. We are located at 160 Quarry Park Blvd SE Suite 300, Calgary, Alberta, T2C 3G3.