Three members of staff die from COVID-19 at Cranswick sliced meat plant

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Three members of staff have died as a result of COVID-19 at Cranswick’s sliced meat factory at Wombwell, in Barnsley, the pork processor has confirmed. 

In total, nine employees tested positive for the virus at the site, which employs around 1,200 people, three of which sadly died. Of the other six, one is making a good recovery in hospital and the rest have either returned to work or are due to return soon.

The outbreaks occurred earlier in the COVID-19 epidemic – the workers who died had last been on the site on March 29, April 6 and April 7. There have been no confirmed cases recently at the site, which has continued to operate, with revised processes and protocols in place that have satisfied the relevant authorities.

In a statement, a Cranswick spokesperson said: “The health and safety of all of our colleagues is our number one priority and we are doing everything we can to protect our workforce. Sadly, three of our colleagues have passed away with COVID-19.

Our thoughts and condolences are with their families and we are providing full support to them and to all of our colleagues directly affected by COVID-19.”

The spokesperson said the company had, from the outset of the pandemic, ‘implemented additional measures to protect both the physical and mental wellbeing of our people’.

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