Maatwerk in tijden van crisis
IXAS follows the corona policy of the "mothers", including Ballast Nedam, but has also started additional measures. Wilfried Lips: "With the work we carry out, there is no excuse for not complying with the rules." He has emphasized a number of measures on this project from the policy of Ballast Nedam and RIVM. "For example, we speak to each other if colleagues do not keep a distance of five feet. Corridors have been made in the corridors of the construction chain so that people wait when they encounter oncoming traffic and finally, mouth masks are worn when two or more people are in one car."
The work on the A9 Gaasperdammerweg is part of the Schiphol-Amsterdam-Almere (SAA) road expansion. Just after the announcement of the extra measures, an auxiliary bridge - which lay across the construction site - was removed to make way for a large ovond on the roof of the Gaasperdammertunnel. A big milestone. Wilfried Lips: "Let's say it is difficult. But it does not ruin the atmosphere, because everyone knows that we all have an interest in complying with the measures. It contributes to the 'we' feeling: we have to get it together, in a safe way. I absolutely experience that feeling here."
Martijn Smitt explains: “Until now, contamination on our construction sites has been limited and we have always been able to take quick measures. It has usually always been someone who has contracted an infection in his private time." Until May 1, 2021, all colleagues will work from home as much as possible and visits to the construction sites will be limited. Only the people who have vital functions and who are important for managing and carrying out the work on the projects are at the work locations.
Wilfried Lips also experiences the urgency of the tightened measures: "I have indicated to all construction site employees at IXAS that it is about our safety, our health. In addition, work can be stopped for fourteen days if we do not comply with the measures and if contamination occurs at the location. And that's exactly what we don't want."