Following a complaint received last week about Sports Direct and the lack of enforcement by the company on social distancing guidelines at their warehouse in Shirebrook, Bolsover District Council Leader Steve Fritchley requested that the council’s Environmental Health department contact them to ensure the strict regulations where being adhered to.
Since then, further reports have been circulating by the media that when staff are leaving the warehouse they do so in large groups and are again not sticking to the social distancing guidelines.
The Council Leader has requested that an inspection of the site be undertaken immediately to ensure that all guidelines are being observed and to provide advice and assistance where appropriate to staff working at the warehouse.
Sports Direct yesterday (1 April) issued all their agency staff with a new 4-day shift rota pattern to help protect them and reduce the amount of staff on site, to help aid with social distancing in the workplace. They have also:
- provided free bottles of hand sanitisers for all staff to use,
- are reviewing all areas of their business on a daily basis to ensure staff’s health and wellbeing is a priority,
- spread out car parking as an additional precaution for spreading the virus
- scheduled in a visit from our Environmental Health team on 2 April during the morning,
- scheduled an independent Health and Safety inspection for the afternoon of 2 April.
The news comes after union Unite wrote to Sports Direct management outlining a catalogue of examples where the company has ignored the government’s guidelines for workplaces during the national emergency. The union demanded the Shirebrook workforce be sent home and paid for the duration of the coronavirus period. There are an estimated 3,000-4,000 workers at its Derbyshire warehouse.