BECOME A MEMBER
Connecting New Zealand

Who foots the bill if COVID-19 impacts your project?

21 Dec 2021


We may have moved away from major national or regional COVID-19 lockdowns, but that doesn’t mean we are home free when it comes to avoiding the pandemic’s impact on civil construction projects. Unfortunately, there is still potential for COVID-19 cases to force mandatory site shutdowns,  and we still face challenges when key staff members are required to miss work at short notice if they are required to isolate after coming into contact with a COVID-19 case and being deemed a close contact.

In situations such as these, who pays the costs, and should contractors receive a time extension if Government COVID-19 requirements impact their staffing levels and ability to complete a project on schedule?

The answer is in your contract. If it doesn’t say anything about COVID-19 then chances are you will be paying and you may not get a time extension. This is not just about head or main contractors either, if you are a subtractor and your staff need to stand down because they are a close contact with a positive case on site, who pays their wages?

The Construction Sector Accord has produced a document on this, titled COVID-19 Construction Risk Management, which provides helpful advice (see page 7).

The principles apply across all clients. If a client states that they should be exempt as they have not signed the accord, the response may be “…yes but you are a leading client and this is what we would expect from you”.

CCNZ members are reminded that they can access 15 minutes free legal advice from Dentons Kensington Swan. To access this service, please log into the website and send us your query using the member discounts portal.

 

 

RELATED


Principal Business Partner
Core Associates
Major Associates
Te Pūkenga trading at WITT
BNZ Partners
CivilShare
SITECH NZ
Firth Certified Concrete
Absolute Immigration NZ
Geofabrics New Zealand Ltd
TDX Ltd
Coninnova Limited
Greenlight Insurance Brokers
Komatsu New Zealand Ltd
beforeUdig
Assignar
John Deere Limited
XCMG New Zealand
Vertical Horizonz NZ Ltd
TLC Insurance Limited
Parallaxx
Infrastructure Sustainability Council
Porter Group Limited
Milwaukee Tool New Zealand
AECOM New Zealand Limited
Doug the Digger
MATES In Construction
AWF
Franklin Smith Group
Vertu Equipment Limited
Mimico NZ Ltd
Mico New Zealand Ltd
Hydraulink Fluid Connecters Ltd
H.J. Asmuss & Co. Ltd
Sheet Pile Ltd
Infrastructure New Zealand
TRIG Instruments
Geosynthetic Partners International Ltd
Humes Pipeline Systems
Power Farming New Zealand Ltd
SAMI Bitumen Technologies New Zealand Ltd
Vac U Digga NZ LTD 2022
Solo
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
TotalEnergies NZ Ltd
Kobelco New Zealand
ERoad Ltd
Marley NZ Ltd
Turners Group Ltd: Head Office/Auckland
CSP Div of Fletcher Steel
Commercial Hire NZ Ltd
Axiom Training
A B Equipment Ltd
Northpine Ltd
The Drug Detection Agency
Steelgal NZ Ltd
Hynds Pipe Systems
Terra Infrastructure Pty Ltd
Terra Cat
Global Survey - Auckland
Manage Company
SaferMe Limited
ENZED
Liebherr New Zealand
Advice Financial
TVH NEW ZEALAND
Youngman Richardson
Synergy Positioning Systems
Southeys Group Auckland
UDC Finance
TR Group
Nulca NZ
Winstone Aggregates
Assetinsure
Holcim New Zealand Ltd
Reliance Reinforcing Limited
First Gas
Teletrac Navman
Brandt Equipment
Connexis | Te Pukenga
n3
Brolube New Zealand
Wirtgen NZ Ltd
3PM

Login





Forgot password?
Create an Account