A render of the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant (EDF)

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Covid-19 hits UK’s Hinkley Point C nuclear project

6 March 2020 | By GCR Staff | 3 Comments

A Chinese worker at UK nuclear new-build, Hinkley Point C, was confirmed as having contracted Covid-19 this week, although the risk to other employees on the project is “very low” according to client EDF.

The man, a Chinese national who was diagnosed after flying to Hong Kong, works at EDF at Bridgwater House in Finzels Reach, Bristol, reports Construction Manager.

The office has since been deep cleaned and four of his co-workers self-isolated but do not have coronavirus and have returned to work.

An EDF spokesperson said: “Public Health England (PHE) has advised that there is a very low risk to Hinkley Point C employees or their contacts from the colleague who developed coronavirus after returning to China.

“PHE is working with us to understand how the individual could have become infected and to trace people who may have been in contact with the person. The four workers who self-isolated at Hinkley Point C last week do not have coronavirus and have returned to work. The project continues to operate as usual.

“With more cases of coronavirus being reported across the UK, EDF is doing all that it can to prepare for the impacts that spread of the illness may have on the business.

“We have issued protective advice to staff advising them on the common-sense precautions we can all take to minimise our individual risks. We are challenging anyone visiting any of our sites to think about their own health and that of those around them and if they think there’s a risk, to postpone coming to our facilities. We also continue to assess all risks associated with staff travel and to monitor the situation as it develops.”

Image: A render of the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant (EDF)