Partial production resumes at five JCB factories in the UK

HUNDREDS of JCB employees stood down following the coronavirus outbreak have returned to work at four of the company's UK sites. More than 400 workers faced a raft of new safety measures as production partially re-started after JCB shut down its operation in March. The returning workers have undergone temperature checks to rule them out of carrying he deadly virus and instructed to wear surgical masks or visors as a precautionary measure. Partial production has resumed at the Loadall division at the JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, as well as at JCB Cab Systems, in Uttoxeter, the JCB Earthmovers and JCB Landpower factories in Cheadle and JCB Transmissions in Wrexham. JCB CEO 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." The vast majority of JCB's 6,500 UK employees have been furloughed since April.

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