Five of JCB’s UK factories are starting production again, following the manufacturing giant’s implementation of safety measures to protect factory workers in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
The majority of JCB’s 6,500 UK employees have been furloughed since April, although some at the Uttoxeter factory have been making ventilators. However, JCB has now said that its new safety procedures include daily temperature checks, face masks for office and shopfloor workers, with visors also on hand where workers need extra protection.
Walkways will be clearly marked to aid social distancing, with canteen and vending machines closed.
JCB chief executive Graeme Macdonald said: “Production has resumed at a very low level, mainly to satisfy demand for agricultural machinery.
“Ahead of this re-start, an exhaustive review was undertaken to enable us to introduce wide-ranging measures that will best protect our employees.
“The actions we have taken ensure that safe distancing between employees on-site can be achieved at all times.
“In circumstances where risks are greater, additional protective visors are being provided. The health and safety of our employees is absolutely paramount as we all adjust to this new normal and the measures we have put in place will ensure we all stay healthy and avoid risks.”