April 16, 2020

Builders Emphasize Safety to Keep Austin Building

With residential construction now deemed an essential business, the industry is under more pressure than ever to ensure safety measures are followed at the jobsite.

HBA Board President Joe Fowler reminds us that it is incumbent upon EVERY Builder to do their part to ensure our industry continues to be allowed to operate. So, how can you help? If you See Something, Say Something! Keep your eye not only on your jobsite, but on others you may pass during your day. Contact the company and report what you saw.

Another way to support the safety initiative is to hold regular Job site Stand Downs – 10-15 minute meetings with workers at the job site – or even remotely – to review the applicable safety and health guidelines in place for COVID-19. This is an easy and quick way to show that the building industry cares about safety and is committed to preventing the spread of COVID-19 at jobsites. The AGC called for the first Stand Down across the building industry on April 9. To which the NAHB followed suit by scheduling a national Stand Down on April 16. We are happy to report that many HBA Members participated in both of the National Stand Downs and are continuing to practice Stand Down meetings at jobsites throughout the Austin Metro area.

The HBA has set up a section on our COVID-19 web page dedicated to Safety Information and Documents, including a Stand Down Event Toolkit, and other information to help you ensure your sites are safe. 

Thank you to everyone who has spoken out on behalf of our industry. It is because you made – and continue to make – your voices heard that we can keep Austin building.

Thank you to the following builders who sent in photos (below) from their Stand Down Meetings on April 16.

  • Austin Habitat for Humanity
  • David Weekley Homes
  • Jenkins Design + Build
  • Katz Builders
  • Lennar
  • Pacesetter
  • Taylor Morrison