AT IRBY CONSTRUCTION COMPANY our number one objective is always the health and safety of our employees, clients, and subcontractors. To that end, we are working to be as proactive as possible in the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We pledge to work diligently and remain vigilant in our efforts to keep our team safe and to serve our clients to the very best of our ability during these unprecedented times.
We are committed to minimizing business disruption and communicating proactively.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are you doing to mitigate the risk of the spread of Coronavirus for field employees?
Face masks and hand sanitizing materials are made readily available to employees. Employees are being trained actively on how to prevent the spread of the virus. Operational protocols are also being implemented. For example, handshakes are prohibited, 6 feet of separation is recommended whenever possible, and teams are being limited to 10 people or less. We are emphasizing frequent handwashing, covering your cough, and staying home if you feel sick. Safety and news alerts from the CDC, OSHA, and the World Health Organization (WHO) are being monitored on a daily basis. Quanta Services Corporate Safety Group (our parent company) has a Pandemic Plan in place that we are utilizing. More information about this can be found under the safety and training section on the Irby Coronavirus webpage.
What are you doing to mitigate the risk of the spread of Coronavirus for subcontractors and partners?
Irby is tracking employees presenting with symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus. We are also tracking the results of anyone on our team who has been tested for the virus. In turn, we are reporting this information to contractors and partners who have been in contact with our team, so they can monitor their own health moving forward.
How is your work impacted by State issued orders?
As an electrical utility contactor working to construct, maintain, or repair the electrical infrastructure, Irby is considered Essential Businesses and Operations according to the definitions outlined in the orders issued thus far. As such, Irby projects currently underway will continue as planned.
On Friday, April 24, Gov. Tate Reeves signed a new executive order establishing a statewide “Safer at Home” order for Mississippi to continue protecting public health while beginning the process of safely reopening the state’s economy. During this time, our corporate team in Richland has transitioned from our headquarters to work-from-home. We will return to work on Monday, June 1.
How will Irby maintain business continuity during this time?
Irby Construction Company is a “First Responder” contractor, meaning we will continue work on our construction and maintenance projects as we have been only with a heightened emphasis on training and monitoring of our employees to ensure no one is sick; with plans in place if any employee has a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19.Those plans are:
- In the event of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 among Irby employees, we would notify Quanta Services Corporate Safety and/or Risk Management, and they would activate their Crisis Management Team that includes members of Irby.
- In the event of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 among Irby employees, we would immediately notify any client they may have had contact with at a job site, in an office or any other setting. We would also notify Quanta Services Corporate Safety and/or Risk Management, and they would activate their Crisis Management Team.
- In the event of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 among Irby contractors and/or service providers, we would immediately notify any client they may have had contact with at a job site, in an office or any other setting. We would also notify Quanta Services Corporate Safety and/or Risk Management, and they would activate their Crisis Management Team.
Are you experiencing or anticipating any delays in shipping of materials or supplies?
We are not experiencing any delays due to material or supply shortages. We are working proactively to anticipate any such delay.
What preventative measures are you taking at your corporate office?
Irby has transitioned all those previously working in our Richland headquarters to work-from-home. Tate Reeves, Mississippi’s Governor has issued a shelter-in-place order beginning Friday, April 3, at 5 p.m. extending until Monday, May 18. Our team will return fully working at headquarters on Monday, June 1.
Why are Irby teams still working?
Our work is classified as an “essential” business that provides a service to customers that can’t be suspended. We continue to work while making the health and safety of our team our number one priority. Our customers continue to send the message that our work is critical and that they are counting on us to continue providing our services. We are fortunate that we are able to keep working and providing income for our families.
Who do I contact for more information if my company is seeking specific documentation?
Vice President, Andre Foster is the primary contact for Coronavirus communication. He may be reached via email.
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Irby Construction Company
318 Old Hwy 49 S
Richland, MS 39218