Worker from Bridgwater Müller factory dies with coronavirus as 95 isolate due to outbreak

Almost a third of the workforce at the Müller factory in Bridgwater are self-isolating. Credit: ITV West Country

A worker at a Müller factory in Bridgwater has died after contracting coronavirus amid a large outbreak at the site.

The company has confirmed 95 people are self-isolating, which is almost a third of the workforce at the plant on Market Way near North Petherton.

A total of 47 people have also tested positive for the virus. Of those, sadly one person has died.

A spokesperson for Müller Milk & Ingredients said: “We confirm that 95 employees who work at our Bridgwater dairy are currently self-isolating, 47 of whom have tested positive for Covid-19."

All 300 workers at the factory in Bridgwater will now be tested for Covid-19. Credit: ITV West Country

The spokesperson continued, “With support from Public Health England and the local council we are ensuring that the entire workforce at Bridgwater is being tested for the presence of Covid-19.

“As we have done throughout the pandemic, we are placing the safety of our employees first and following best practice as set down by the Health and Safety Executive.

“Standard measures in place include the use of face masks, distancing, enhanced deep cleaning and hygiene, underpinned by a programme of e-learning, information and audits to ensure compliance and awareness of the measures.

“It is important to stress that fresh milk processing is highly automated ensuring no risk to products, with our Bridgwater facility one of the most modern dairies in the UK.

“Notwithstanding this we have acted to reduce production at Bridgwater as an additional measure at this time, utilising our network of dairies to support.”

Müller Milk & Ingredients near Bridgwater is the largest milk supplier and distributor in Great Britain. Credit: ITV West Country

The workforce at the factory near Bridgwater is made up of 300 people and they work around the clock to produce and distribute fresh milk for the company.

They are classed as key workers by the Government because they are involved in the production of food, so have continued to work throughout the pandemic.

The dairy is running a 'simplified operation', which will reduce the number of products being made. Credit: ITV West Country

A company spokesperson told ITV West Country they are now running a "simplified operation" in order to reduce the risk of transmission inside the factory.

This means reducing the number of products being made.

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