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Coronavirus: Cummins in Stamford responds to claims it is not enforcing two-metre social distancing rule




An engineering company has responded to allegations it has not been enforcing the two-metre social distancing rule in its Stamford factory.

An employee at Cummins Generator Technologies contacted this newspaper to express concerns that staff were being put at risk of catching coronavirus.

Questions have also been raised about why the company - which makes alternators - is continuing to operate.

Cummins on Ryhall Road
Cummins on Ryhall Road

It is understood around 70 people are still working at the Ryhall Road site.

However, a spokesman for Cummins stressed that the work is critical as its products and services are used to maintain emergency healthcare infrastructure worldwide.

He also refuted claims that the company was not looking after staff and said the two-metre rule was in place at the factory.

“The company provides products and services that are critical to supporting customers and communities around the world maintain emergency healthcare infrastructure and other vital services,” the spokesman said.

“As an example alternators are a key components in generator sets that provide stand-by power to both hospitals and data centres, critical resources in this time of crisis. For this reason, it is continuing to maintain its manufacturing operations and keeping its sites open.”

The company is said to be “in regular discussion” with the Government about its operational arrangements and says it will respond to any changes in policy or guidance should it be required.

On the subject of staff safety and following government guidance, the spokesman added: “Across our UK sites, all employees with specific medical conditions who are at greater risk have been advised to stay at home and other employees who can work at home have been advised to do so.

“This enables the company to focus its safety efforts at the facilities where employees must be on site to perform their jobs.

“For those working at our sites, we have modified operations to ensure that social distancing and other safety measures are in force.

“Clear guidelines on the precautions that employees should take have been issued and these follow government guidance. The health and safety of our employees is paramount and we shall continue to enforce these measures for as long as they are needed.”

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