Staff at East Midlands Airport test positive for coronavirus

A full Covid-19 health and safety inspection has been carried out at East Midlands Airport after staff members received positive tests.

Six employees who work for for baggage handling partner Swissport have tested positive for the virus, a company spokeswoman confirmed after being contacted by Nottinghamshire Live.

Swissport operates at a number of airports across the UK, including Heathrow and Gatwick, as well as EMA.

In June it was announced the company was planning a number of lay-offs amid the pandemic, which has had a hard-hitting impact on airports and airlines.

Speaking of the current situation following the positive tests, a Swissport spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that six of our staff at East Midlands Airport (EMA) have tested positive for Covid-19 and are self-isolating in their own homes.

“We are providing full support to them and the other members of staff at EMA and the Quality Health Safety and Environment (QHSE) Director has been at the airport carrying out a full Covid-19 health and safety check and has reported no further cases, at this stage.

“As a precautionary measure we have undertaken a deep clean of all ground handling equipment, reported the cases via the NHS Test and Trace App and are in close contact with the local authority as well as the airport owners (Manchester Airports Group).

“In line with Public Health England guidelines, all those staff members that had been in close contact with these individuals have been asked to self-isolate.”

  

The spokeswoman continued: “The health and safety of all our staff throughout this challenging period remains our top priority and we’re taking every possible step to minimise the risk of infection in the workplace.

“All our staff continue to wear masks to protect themselves and passengers, and we have been regularly communicating with all our staff to encourage working from home wherever possible and reiterate the importance of hygiene, social distancing and self-isolation procedures in place under government guidelines.

“We have been in touch with Public Health England and are continuing to monitor the situation closely, keeping them fully appraised of the situation.”

An East Midlands Airport spokesman added: “Keeping our passengers and colleagues safe during the current pandemic is paramount.

“That is why we have introduced a range of measures across the airport, including safety screens, extra hand sanitiser stations and enhanced cleaning regimes.

“This is on top of the government requirement for all those inside the terminal to wear a face covering and observe social distancing wherever possible.


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