Is Construction Work Returning to Normal?
It feels like we’ve gotten over the hump with regard to the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. At a time when the construction industry is poised to make a comeback, everyone is wondering what will happen next. Will the industry continue to recover? Or are we in for a rude awakening? In this brief article, we discuss some signs that indicate we’re in the clear and some that indicate we’re far from it. For construction-related legal assistance during this difficult time, a West Palm construction lawyer with Cotney Attorneys & Consultants can assist you.
An Industry on the Mend
Our country lost 20.5 million jobs over the course of a single month — the highest monthly job loss ever recorded by the Labor Department. This loss went hand-in-hand with a jobless rate unlike anything seen since the Great Depression. The construction industry was hit hard, and common issues like labor shortages, delays, and disputes were only exacerbated by the spread of the virus. But despite this crisis, the construction industry endured. Construction employment rebounded. And we are beginning to see signs that construction work itself may be returning to normal.
Data collected by Procore and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) give us a glimpse of construction activity throughout the country. Based on construction worker hours, measures of construction activity are beginning to resemble pre-COVID-19 levels. In some instances, construction worker hours were even higher than those collected before the virus hit. Unfortunately, hard-hit areas like New York City are still recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
How Does Your Company Compare?
There are a number of factors that could be contributing to the construction industry’s quick turnaround. Warm summer weather, stay-in-place orders, or workplace safety requirements could all be inhibiting the spread of the virus. Whatever the reason, it’s important to remember that you are responsible for providing your workers with a safe work environment. Florida has now surpassed 100,000 reported cases of COVID-19, meaning that your job’s not done yet.
At Cotney Attorneys & Consultants, we understand that your company may not be rebounding quite like the rest of the industry. Your company could be experiencing project delays, safety concerns, or legal issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Alternatively, you could be concerned with construction-related legal issues that are in no way related to the pandemic. Either way, you need a legal ally who can ensure your company’s success. For a professional who will ensure that your jobsite is protected from both legal and safety concerns in the coming months, partner with a West Palm construction lawyer from Cotney Attorneys & Consultants.
If you would like to speak with a West Palm construction attorney, please contact us today.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.