A prominent construction firm has launched new safe operating procedures to get ready for a return to building work.

The construction industry could soon be ready to restart building sites after last week they were allowed to begin site preparations in phase one of easing lockdown.

Robertson Group which is currently involved in projects in Glasgow including a hotel and was involved in the converting the SEC into the Louisa Jordan Hotel, has a raft of new measures to ensure the safety of workers and to maintain physical distancing at work.

It includes workers having to queue outside sites to get in, similar to supermarket queues.

There will be handwashing facilities on sites and more work breaks factored into the working day to enable them to be used as well as when entering at the start of a shift.

One-way walking routes will be followed on site and shift start and end times will be staggered if needed.

Site offices will also have one-way systems and two metre distancing will be in place.

Time limits will be put on meetings that can’t be done via video.

If site tasks can’t be done by keeping two metres apart a risk assessment has to be carried out.

Elliot Robertson, Chief Executive of Robertson Group, said: “We are one of only a few construction firms who have worked on crucial essential infrastructure projects during the pandemic in Scotland.

“We were honoured to have played a significant role in the delivery of the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital and that experience proved that the Safe Operating Procedures we have carefully considered and implemented could be used successfully.

“These procedures have now also been used effectively on a number of other locations across Scotland.”