Site safety is paramount
As the Coronavirus pandemic impacted everyone across the country, Hinkley Point C acted to protect the safety and wellbeing of its people and community by making changes to the way it operates.
Site works have continued but in a responsible way. The number of people working at the site has been significantly reduced to ensure social distancing. Other measures have been put in place so that people can get to work, do their jobs and use the site facilities in a way that is safe for themselves and therefore reduces the risk to the local community.
Construction has been focused on four key areas: the two main reactor buildings, the ‘conventional island’ where the electricity will be generated, and the tunnelling works in the Bristol Channel.
Many people on the project are continuing to work remotely in a variety of roles. Even technical tasks can be done at home, with quality maintained through rigorous checking and assurance.
With fewer people on site, and additional support in place, many construction jobs can be done with social distancing. For tasks that require closer working, extra personal protective equipment is provided.
Even as economic activity begins to increase, the steps taken to monitor health and prevent the risk of infection will remain in place, and numbers on site will be guided by what is safe.