Pause for a Safety Stand Down April 16

To our members:

The health and safety of workers on home building job sites is a top priority for the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (KCHBA). Out of respect for the city and county employees engaged in new home construction as well as the wellbeing of our communities, KCHBA is asking all members to pause work for 10 minutes on Thursday, April 16, 2020, to review safety standards with your employees on jobsites.

It is imperative that workers on home building sites closely follow guidance from health officials to flatten the curve of the spread of the coronavirus.

NAHB as developed a packet in English and Spanish to conduct the COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down both in person and digitally (through email and/or text). The packet includes three easy steps to help you before, during and after reviewing the safety guidelines:

  • Step 1: Review the resources in the packet and any guidance from local governments or health officials that may be relevant.
  • Step 2: Plan the stand down. If conducted virtually, forward the “COVID-19 Prevention and Work Practice Controls” to your employees. If the stand down will be in person, strictly enforce social distancing guidelines during the talk. Everyone should stand at least six feet apart and do not conduct the stand down with groups larger than 10.
  • Step 3: Continuously ensure workers and subcontractors who are on the jobsite follow social distancing and other coronavirus infection prevention measures moving forward.

I encourage you to take 10 minutes on Thursday to go over these simple safety precautions with your employees and/or subcontractors on the jobsite. That 10 minutes could mean the difference between completing a home in a timely manner or prolonging the construction process for weeks or even months due to illness. As an “essential” industry, we must honor our responsibility to one another and our communities as we continue our important work in the communities we serve.

I would love to hear from you if you plan on participating and thank you for your continued support of KCHBA.

All the best,

Will Ruder
Executive Vice President
Cell: 816-517-3187