Coping through the Pandemic; adjusting to a ‘new normal’
We, as a company have been fortunate to have been able to continue working throughout the global pandemic of the coronavirus. As many others, we had to adapt quickly to working from home and our fabulous office staff team kept morale high by holding ‘fancy dress Wednesday’ to lighten the atmosphere and make us giggle! Who knew you could run a company whilst dressed as a unicorn or Darth Vader?!
As field work all but ceased at the end of March, many of our field staff were furloughed. However, a team of some of our operators; James Standen, Lewis Smith, Dom Gain and Andrew Chapman kindly volunteered to help with a local charity, ‘Battle Area Covid 19 Assistance Group’ which was set up to support the elderly, vulnerable and shielding members of the community during the crisis. Our four volunteers used company vans to deliver collectively over 100 prescriptions to the local area including face masks to care homes.
When sites reopened, we were able to get back up and running swiftly with full Risk Assessments and Method Statements in place. We are fortunate to be able to have a single operator on each rig on site, therefore adhering to social distancing measures. Darren Ward was working on a site in London where the client wanted to see the tests in real time. He managed to fit a monitor inside the CPT rig and angle it outside the door where the client could see the tests as they occurred, whilst remaining at a safe distance in the open air.
Work life is certainly different now but we feel we have adapted well and are pleased to have our full team out and about once again. We have adjusted our RAMS and are able to work safely and still provide the quality service that our clients require.