Lincoln-based catering equipment manufacturer Lincat has suffered a major Covid outbreak, with 31 staff currently testing positive for the virus.
With around 200 employees working at the company’s purpose-built factory, that represents about 15% of the workforce being absent.
However, Jon White, MD of the Lincat Group reported that at present, this has not affected the facility’s production.
He told Catering Insight: “The welfare of our employees has to be our priority right now. We continue to support our distribution partners, we are hopeful that we have the outbreak contained and that we will be able to output the forecasted £4m of equipment in December.”
On the subject of the company’s Covid safety measures, White revealed: “We already had robust protocols in place including compulsory wearing of face masks and a dedicated cleaning regime of all touch points multiple times each day. The measures we have in place were praised by the HSE on previous inspections.
“In light of the outbreak we are naturally taking further measures to protect our staff. We are thankful for the support of the Health Protection team at Lincolnshire County Council.
“All employees who can are now working from home. We have put in place segregated working teams in our manufacturing plant and are providing LFT to these staff to enable them to test daily. Our field sales team who work remotely remain unaffected by the situation at Lincat.”
Catering Insight also reached out to Lincolnshire County Council, and the authority’s acting head of service – health protection, Natalie Liddle, said: “We can confirm that our health protection team has been supporting this workplace with their outbreak. The setting has been very proactive in managing this outbreak and are currently taking all necessary precautions to avoid further transmission.”
This year, Lincat marked its 50th anniversary after beginning life in 1971 selling a range of light-duty, back bar equipment known as Lynx. The Lincat portfolio now includes over 2,150 products, all manufactured at its Lincoln factory.