the chief of The largest Swiss construction company, André Wyss (53), it has strictly. There are many Approvals to stand. At the same time he must ensure that his 10’000 Implenia-Büezer be protected on the construction site in front of the Coronavirus. That’s why he makes on a regular basis, personally, a picture of the protective measures on the construction. The Implenia-heads were sometimes surprised at the creative ideas of the construction workers come.

André Wyss: We protect our people, among other things, by reminding you constantly of Hygiene and behaviour measures, and schools. We will also ask for your suggestions for improvement. We also provide disinfectants available and adequate facilities to wash hands.

now, the majority of private to the site. We stagger the breaks and activities, reschedule Meetings, and to adjust the organization of work, to keep enough distance. We also support the flexible organisation of working time – so that the children are cared for. For office activities, we are basically in a home office.

cranes to the information?
We have set up for all over the Smartphone accessible digital platform for the exchange of Best Practices, for Feedback, and with all the information material such as posters, and auxiliary languages resources, in the most common. A Coronavirus Hotline we answer the most important employee issues.

the protection measures to implement, we need to adjust the workflows.
We will do everything that we observe, nevertheless, the targets and our obligations to our customers and partners, where it is always possible and reasonable. The only way we can minimize the economic impact.

so Far, we had to close no sites permanently, because we are not able to comply with measures for the Coronavirus – a few of the modernization projects, we have suspended out of respect for all parties Involved.

On the large construction site of the Canton hospital in Baden, we had the beginning of March, the first case of an employee with a confirmed infection. To ensure the safety of all, we have driven there for a short time, everything is shut down and the construction site only after discussions with the employees, to the client – i.e. the cantonal hospital of Baden, and the authorities re-opened. The situation in the countries of daughters is very different.

In France, the construction sites have been closed on the instructions of the authorities, in principle, the large infrastructure projects are at a standstill currently. In Germany, however, the large majority worked. In part, delays occur because, for example, a subcontractor works or the supply chain comes to a standstill. In Switzerland, were closed in Ticino and Geneva construction sites by the authorities, and elsewhere, delays may occur. In Sweden and Norway are operating virtually anywhere normal.

Where it is not currently, due to regulatory arrangements, construction sites, in whole or in keeping part in the operation, we registered short-time working. We need to assess each day. The regulatory measures should continue to intensify, we will need to continue to make use of this Instrument.

When you visit many construction sites in the last few weeks has made my Management Team, itself a picture of it. It is challenging, to such new procedures and guidelines to adjust and get used to. But I can say that We are impressed with how quickly, comprehensively, and creatively, the project Manager, site managers, Foremen and all of the Teams to implement the comprehensive measures, in accordance with the regulatory requirements well. In addition, many official visits have been held, which have been confirmed.

In the case of construction sites in the whole of Europe, depending on country, location, client and site is different. Often there are currently subcontractors or others in a building of the partners involved, as well as suppliers, which can reduce a whole of the construction work for a project due to disruptions in the value chain. Also in the case of internal projects, we feel, as operators, external service providers must in part go back.

If the sub-contractors, suppliers or our customers will go bankrupt or penalties will be due, represents the us in front of challenges. The opposite we are, in particular, with the public authorities in a dialogue on how we can lead the construction to continue. In addition, some European countries not only discuss measures in the Form of aid packages, but also, for example, an Adjusting VAT rates, and more.

We want to minimize the economic impact of the Coronavirus for Implenia, our customers and our partners and secure our jobs. We therefore use the Instrument of short-time work. It is designed to be different in every country. We need to assess the Situation currently on a daily basis and for each market in Switzerland for each Canton – new. Whenever possible, we try but, keep on working normally. Layoffs due to the Virus, we were able to avoid so far and want to continue to do so.

It is a challenging Situation, which is to make it as an entrepreneur. Clearly, any site that is not running due to a restriction by the Virus as planned, or closed, and that hurts. In Paris, we were able to celebrate recently with the first tunnel through the stitch. This complex, major projects of advanced and new Metro lines is now, it is especially difficult for our colleagues there, the full want to make.

Of the pharmaceutical to the construction

As the head of the largest Swiss construction company, Implenia André Wyss (53) in the Corona of a crisis in ideal conditions, in order to secure the protection of the employees. The Zurich is a Novartis veteran, worked until 2018, in various pot functions in the pharmaceutical company and made a chemical technician apprenticeship at Sandoz. He has learned early on the importance of Hygiene for health. Most recently, he served as President of Novartis Operations, the entire production, the group’s Central services, such as real estate and infrastructure as well as personnel and accounting.


The Coronavirus currently holds the world in suspense. Many countries are taking measures such as Closing schools or limiting public events, to prevent the spread. In Switzerland, too, the grass, the Virus magnetized. All of the current information and Figures around the topic there is in the Coronavirus-Ticker.

I Have the corona virus or just the flu?

The Coronavirus spreads further – also in Switzerland. Especially in the flu season, you can assess for yourself whether one is ill with the Coronavirus, or whether you just have an ordinary flu. The differences are subtle, but they exist. VIEWS is defined.

protection against Coronavirus

recommendations of the Federal office for health, how you can protect yourself:


wash your hands: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use a Hand sanitizer. Don’t sneeze, you Sneeze into the hands, or cough in a handkerchief; or if you have none, in the bend of your elbow. Handkerchiefs to dispose of properly: paper towels, should be disposed of after use in a closed waste bin. You stay in fever and cough necessarily at home.

contact minimize

Stay home and avoid wherever possible contact with people. You go only in the following exceptional situations, out of the house: the food doctor shopping or pharmacy visit / the home office is for your job not possible / you have to help other people. You keep if possible 2 meters distance to your fellow human beings, for example, in a line or at meetings. Avoid contact with people breathing or have a cough. You avoid public transport. You can be all that is possible to home deliver. Important: No welcome kiss, no hugs, no shaking hands.

stay Informed

Note the local instructions and recommendations. Strictly to the rules and announcements of the authorities. Infoline Coronavirus: 058 463 00 00, 24 hours a day available Info-page of the BAG: bag-coronavirus.

when should the ch one to the doctor?

do not Go out in the symptoms (difficulty breathing, cough, or fever) in the Public and contact you immediately – first by phone, a Doctor, a doctor or a health care facility.


remains The Situation until Further notice. The Federal government informed in regular intervals about the current developments. It applies now more than ever: peace and quiet preserved, and the thing in common to serve.