This new graphic provides greater clarity over essential work and helps the public understand exactly what construction projects key workers are permitted to carry out.

Essential work infographic

The infographic was developed by the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum, of which SELECT is a key member, after key workers reported being harassed and verbally abused during vital construction projects.

Forum members reported an increasing number of tradespeople being intimidated and verbally abused by the public while carrying out legitimate projects in line with CICV Forum guidelines.

Therefore, this graphic has been developed to show a checklist of projects to help the public understand the range of work classified as ‘essential’ by key workers.

John McKinney, secretary of Forum members the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, the Stone Federation and the Scottish Contractors Group, who said: “Essential construction work is not confined to building a major hospital for COVID-19, but we know that people might not be aware of this.

“Greater understanding is needed among the public to understand that the key workers carrying out such work aren’t flouting the rules – they are performing essential tasks and should be allowed to do so without fear of abuse.”

  • The infographic can also be downloaded here and printed out.