In case your project has entered into a decelerated productivity rate, partial or complete shutdown state, sufficient practical steps and measures and the necessary actions have to be taken to safeguard the project and ensure not only the temporary safety and security of the works and site but also the rapid recommencement of the works. The below checklist has been put together in an effort to provide principal guidance on the risk control measures in order to mitigate any residual risks to ALARP during the temporary or longer-than-anticipated shutdown period. The project team should implement and follow up on the below proposed measures or provide feedback on equivalent alternatives. The checklist is not exhaustive as individual construction sites and projects may present individual or unique challenges.

Prior to the shutdown activities (ideally) or as soon as practically possible, the project team should carry out a comprehensive risk assessment and update the overall risk profile of the project in light of the planned reduced productivity or the partial/complete shutdown. In particular, the risk assessment and update of the risk registers should follow the risk management process flow chart and consider any potential changes of the identified existing risks, identify new risks introduced, assess the residual risks, identify and implement new contingency provisions and mitigation measures and enhance existing precautionary measures, if required. The mitigation measures should aim to reduce the risk profile of the project to ALARP during the foreseen shutdown period, be adjustable to longer periods than anticipated and minimise the need for physical site presence and regular maintenance. Where possible, remote surveillance methods should be implemented (e.g. CCTV with sufficient coverage, drone ‘bird’s eye’ view, satellite images).

In addition, a detailed impact assessment of the supply chain disruption should be carried out with particular attention being given to maintaining as far as possible, the supply of the absolute necessary goods and materials as well as power and any other necessary provisions (e.g. water, ground freezing materials) to maintain a minimum operational state and preventive maintenance regime.

The project team should carry out a comprehensive contractual impact assessment, including the insurance cover provisions and policy and notify in a timely manner the major project stakeholders. The insurer and the broker should be formally informed of the sites to be closed and the anticipated duration of the activities to be suspended.


A checklist for projects currently affected can be downloaded by clicking this link.

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