COVID-19 safety is a priority for NAHB

NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke.

The National Association of Home Builders continues to place importance on job site safety and combatting the risks of COVID-19.

NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke recently sent a letter to residential construction workers, imploring them to continue following guidelines designed to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus.

“The pandemic has highlighted the country’s housing affordability crisis and the need for new housing is more important now than ever. NAHB has worked hard to have home building designated as ‘essential infrastructure workforce’ at the federal, state, and local levels to allow our industry to continue building homes,” Fowke said in the letter.

“None of this should be at the expense of safety, however."

This past April, the NAHB urged the residential construction community to take part in a  COVID-19 Job Site Safety Stand Down for the purpose of educating construction workers on safety methods regarding the coronavirus. The move received strong approval from the LBM community

“For those of us in construction, we must take additional precautions, like avoiding the sharing of tools, properly disinfecting equipment that must be handled by others, using individual water containers rather than shared ones like water coolers, and minimizing the total number of workers on a site at any one time,” Fowke said.

Fowke said this is in addition to everyday practices such as maintaining social distances, wearing a face mask, and washing hands frequently. 

The complete letter from Fowke can be read here

A custom home builder in the Tampa, Fla. market, Fowke was elected chairman last month following the resignation of Dean Mon.