Ensuring Compaction of Concrete While Maintaining Social Distance Guidelines

Due to the restrictions with social distancing ensuring compaction of concrete was a problem as the concrete squad need to stay two metres apart, yet ensure the concrete was correctly distributed between the reinforcement and then compacted.

The solution was to alter the mix design not only with a plasticiser, but with 10mm aggregate. After some trials to verify a colour match, the mixed was used in the Bridge Decks and copes.

Although the mix was marginally more expensive it allowed the construction work to continue while being coronavirus guideline compliant.

This example of best practice is just one way that projects can work to tackle the virus and reduce the spread. For full guidance and the latest Government advice read the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures.

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