Northern Ireland

Legal action threatened over Covid-19 meat factory concerns

Solicitor Sinead Marmion
Solicitor Sinead Marmion Solicitor Sinead Marmion

A worker at a meat factory in Co Armagh has threatened legal action over claims that a staff member with symptoms of Covid-19 was allowed to continue working.

Solicitors for the man have written to ABP Meats after their client showed signs of the deadly virus.

The staff member claims that his colleague was allowed to continue working despite showing a high temperature reading and displaying symptoms of the virus.

It is further claimed that a close relative of the man at the centre of the scare had been diagnosed with the virus.

It is claimed these concerns were later raised with officials at the factory but that no action was taken.

In a letter solicitor Sinead Marmion, of Phoenix Law, said that it appeared that the firm had not carried out a risk assessment.

The Lurgan based factory was at the centre of a walkout by 80 staff members last month over concerns about coronavirus prevention measures.

In a statement at the time the ABP Food Group said it had introduced a variety of additional measures at all sites in recent weeks.

Ms Marmion last night said: “This is one of many cases coming to us at present, as employers fail to implement health and safety measures in the workplace in the wake of Covid-19 and we are in a situation now where people are afraid to go in to do their jobs.

“However, if employers fail to implement correct safety measures now, it will have repercussions later for not only staff and their families, but the NHS too."

ABP Meats declined to comment.