The health and well-being of our clients, employees, and communities we serve is of paramount importance. During these uncertain times related to the COVID-19 outbreak, we feel it is important to update you regarding our commitment to provide service and support.
Communication and transparency is critical right now, so we have listed our most frequently asked questions below:
- Why is the work you're doing for utilities considered an “essential service”?
- What is Davey doing to provide essential services safely?
- Does Davey have a formal Pandemic Response Plan?
If you have a questions or concern not referenced below, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Davey’s vegetation management work for utilities is considered an essential service to maintain electric infrastructure. Trees and other vegetation are one of the leading outage causes and must be actively managed. During this time, hospitals, first responders, communication systems, essential businesses and people working from home, are all depending on safe, reliable electricity. As a result, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has advised all U.S. States that it considers utilities and the activities that support reliability as essential businesses. Here is just one example of why that is important during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the full story.
As a result, this work has been deemed exempt from restriction per the essential critical workforce guidance provided by the Department of Homeland Security’s CISA group.
The graphic below is a helpful depiction of workforce categories, but please visit the CISA website to view the detailed guidance document.
Ultimately, this work is necessary to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of power throughout the country.
We are complying with all recommended social distancing practices and have heightened the following measures within our teams:
- We are requiring our teams to follow hand-washing guidelines prior to entering a job site and deep-cleaning tools and equipment.
- Conducting safety and job briefings with observed social distance practices and eliminating individual signing requirements to avoid transmission from a shared pen or clipboard.
- Team members’ start and stop times have been altered to avoid crew gatherings.
- Providing all team members with bandanas to support CDC recommendations regarding the use of face coverings.
- Limiting the number of crew members in each vehicle.
To help keep you, your community, our employees and their families safe and healthy, you can find the details of immediate steps in response to COVID-19 here.