Three textile firms in Leicester have enforcement action taken against them after breaching Covid-19 measures

Three textile factories in Leicester have been issued with an enforcement order for breaching Covid-19 measures Credit: ITV News Central

Three textile firms in Leicester have had enforcement action taken against them for breaching Covid-19 control measures.

Health and Safety Executive inspectors visited 51 factories in the city between May 1 and July 20.

Nine of the businesses were issued with enforcement notices - of which three were for'failures to apply adequate Covid-19 controls' under health and safety law.

Although, inspectors said they had 'not found any cases where the situation was so bad that it would justify taking a prosecution'.

Multi-agency inspections were launched, following concerns over the welfare ofworkers at clothing factories in the city, amid claims of exploitation.

HSE inspectors are continuing to carry out targeted spot inspections and following up concerns as they arise. Inspectors will take appropriate action to ensure standards, both for the current Covid-19 pandemic and other health and safety matters, reach an acceptable standard no matter what area of the country they are found.

Health and Safety Executive spokeswoman:

The three sites were handed improvement notices for 'failure to apply adequate Covid-19 controls' and three others, for 'failing to provide adequate welfare facilities'.

Another improvement notice was issued at a business for failure to control exposure to dust, and a further notice was handed out to another firm to "obtain competent advice under management of health and safety at work regulations".Leicester City Council has previously said it had been told by Public Health England it had 'found no evidence to suggest that the rise in cases in the city is linked to the textile industry'.

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