EDF to furlough Hinkley Point workers due to Covid-19

Hinkley Point C has announced further steps (April 1) to ensure the safety of its remaining critical workers and the community during the Coronavirus pandemic. It follows a wide range of measures already put in place, including a very significant reduction in numbers on site. Today’s extra steps will help to limit contact between the site and the local community.

Non home-based site workers using local accommodation will now be housed at Hinkley Point C’s two Campus sites
Bus pick-up stops used by HPC workers in Bridgwater will no longer be used from Monday. All buses will instead collect and return passengers to our three secure park and ride locations where social distancing measures are being supervised. Pick-ups from village locations outside Bridgwater will be phased out as quickly as possible

Meanwhile existing measures remain in place:

Reduction of numbers from more than 4,000 to around 2,000 workers, allowing us to better enforce social distancing
Body temperature checks at site gates, plus thermal imaging cameras being installed
Extra buses to reduce the number of workers using each bus
Enhanced cleaning of buses, canteens, building handrails, door handles, desks, eating areas, welfare facilities and toilets.
Floor markers and changes to seating to distance canteen users from each other
Meeting rooms converted to additional areas available for breaks to give extra space

Hinkley Point C Delivery Director Nigel Cann, said: “The safety of the community we operate in and our remaining workers on site is of paramount importance. We are listening and adapting to feedback to help us improve wherever we can and we are closely following Government and Public Health England advice”