7,000 workers call safety watchdog over Covid-19 risk

THOUSANDS of workers who fear they are being put at risk of Covid-19 infection at work have contacted the Health and Safety Executive.

About 1,400 of 7,149 calls and messages received between March 9 and May 7 were referred to inspectors for further investigation.

And a surge in inquiries is expected as more workers return this week.

The HSE is increasing its call centre staff to meet demand, and putting back the closing time from 5pm to 10pm.

Employers who are unable to bring in adequate measures to protect staff should not reopen workplaces as the lockdown is eased, HSE boss Sarah Albon told MPs yesterday.

She said every organisation should do a risk assessment before staff return and the ‘vast majority’ will find it is possible to implement social distancing and hygiene measures.

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