Grant Shapps: PPE for transport workers depends on job type

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has urged transport operators to assess for themselves what safety measures to put in place depending on workers’ conditions.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, he said Public Health England had advised that those working in solitary roles, such as train drivers, had less of a need for personal protective equipment (PPE).

“But transport workers are in lots of different conditions, depending on whether they’re driving a bus or at the ticket office or all the many other places they could be,” he said.

“I’ve issued further guidance to the transport operators to ask them to look at their own individual workers, their own individual circumstances and to follow the guidance carefully.”

His comments follow the death of a 47-year-old railway ticket office worker who died with coronavirus after being spat at while on duty.

Belly Mujinga, 47, died from Covid-19 after being spat at while working as a ticket officer

Belly Mujinga, who had an 11-year-old daughter, was on the concourse of Victoria station in London on March 22 when a member of the public who said he had Covid-19 spat and coughed at her.

She fell ill with the virus within days of the attack and died in hospital on April 5.

Mr Shapps said her death was “absolutely heartbreaking” and that the British Transport Police were looking into the spitting incident.

He said in the House of Commons yesterday that 42 Transport for London staff and 10 Network Rail had died with Covid-19 so far.

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