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Fast-food workplaces are unsafe, bakers warn, after worker with Covid-19 collapses

A LACK of social distancing measures and adequate health & safety adjustments are making fast-food workplaces unsafe, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) warned today.

It came after a Doncaster KFC worker collapsed with Covid-19 during a shift, according to her colleagues.

The fast-food chain has admitted that the Sprotbrough Road branch worker tested positive for the virus, but claimed it was an “isolated incident” and did not confirm whether the employee had collapsed at work.

Workers, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed that paramedics were called to the restaurant after their colleague’s collapse on June 13.

The branch remains open as KFC claims it has taken “all necessary steps to maintain a safe, clean environment.”

But employees say they are still concerned about their own health and safety as they claim that no self-isolation measures have been implemented since the diagnosis.

A KFC statement said: “The team member is feeling a little better and is currently self-isolating — as are three others who haven’t been infected but were in contact with the affected team member.”

BFAWU national president Ian Hodson expressed the union’s concern over the incident. He also said it appears not to be an isolated case amid reports of similar issues nationwide.

“We believe the combination of a lack of social distancing measures and lack of adequate health and safety adjustments are making fast-food workplaces unsafe. 

“We urge any fast-food worker that has concerns about the safety of their workplace to reach out or fill out [our online] form.”

“This is more concerning with Tuesday’s announcement to reduce [social distancing] from two metres to the confusing one-metre-plus,” he added.

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