While COVID-19 temporarily halted most commercial construction throughout Greater Philadelphia in mid-March,
contractors and tradesmen and women on essential projects were among the first frontline workers challenged to create safe onsite environments in the face of the unknown.
“These contractors were still at their jobsites, confronting safety challenges and scenarios unlike anything we had ever seen,” says Angela Hendrix, Director of Training and Workforce Development at General Building Contractors Association (GBCA), the Philadelphia chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. “At the time, most cities and states hadn’t yet experienced a rise in COVID cases, let alone a construction shutdown. Without peers elsewhere to learn from, we knew we needed to forge a path forward with other local leaders to keep everyone working safely.”