Spike in coronavirus cases on Hinkley Point C supply site

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Hinkley Point C’s supply site in Avonmouth, which is owned by Balfour Beatty, is temporarily closed as Covid-19 cases rise

Hinkley Point C’s supply site has been deep cleaned and the NHS track and trace initiative is being implemented.

It is said that the Hinkley Point C site has not been affected by the Avonmouth site temporary closure.

According to the BBC: “A concrete-making plant supplying the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station has been closed after 22 employees tested positive for Covid-19.”

However, reports by Bristol Live suggest that number has risen to 38.

Further reports stated, “the Avonmouth site in Bristol was closed until further notice to reduce the virus’s spread”.

Following safety guidance

In a coronavirus update, Nigel Cann, construction delivery director, said: “At the beginning of the pandemic we moved quickly to reduce the numbers on site to enable safe working.

“We have been able to slowly increase numbers in the last few months as we have gained experience with new ways of working.

“This includes staggering shifts to avoid congestion and creating separated teams to avoid the risk of infection. We now have around 4,500 people on site in a 24-hour period – which is still below our pre-pandemic levels.”

Cann added: “We follow guidance on safe working from industry bodies and the government and our performance is regulated by internal safety inspection and an independent regulator.

“Workers will continue to have their temperature taken before entering the site. Face masks are mandatory on our external busses, as they are on public transport in the rest of the country.”

Nigel concluded: “I know life is still far from normal and the pandemic is not over. We will continue to listen to the community and make improvements wherever we can.”


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