The health and safety of employees is the overriding priority for companies in the infrastructure sector and member companies of the Future of Infrastructure Group. We also recognize the important role infrastructure will play in economic recovery. FIG developed a set of recommendations on steps that could be taken to limit the damage of the COVID-19 pandemic and help the sector recover and strengthen in the long run.
There needs to be strong leadership to provide clarity and certainty that increased costs related to the pandemic will be covered as compensation events within contracts.
All planning, procurement, and design work should continue as much as possible along existing timelines. Additionally, accelerated procurements are a good option for those projects which are suitable.
As the industry already has a skills shortage, there must be a national approach to labour through emergency support and training for workers to advance their careers.