Vestas on Sunday restarted operations at its Daimiel blade factory in Spain after talks with workers’ groups and an inspection by health officials that approved coronavirus measures in place at the plant.
Daimiel spent much of last week with production suspended following a high-profile statement of concern by unions representing workers there over what they claimed were inadequate arrangements.
The Danish wind power giant spent several days in discussions with employees’ representatives over the issue before the restart. The manufacturer said it was strictly adhering to World Health Organization guidance and had measures in place including “reinforced cleaning and disinfection of shared areas, keeping physical distance between employees, use of protective equipment as well as limiting the number of external visits to Vestas facilities”.
Health officials visited and confirmed its compliance, said a spokesman, who added: “We continue to monitor the situation and have our emergency response plans in place in the event of a COVID-19 case.”
“The safety and well-being of our employees is our highest priority and we are doing everything to ensure our colleagues take all necessary precautions to prevent exposure to the coronavirus and allow business to continue at Daimiel and other Vestas locations.”
Spain – one of the key global centres of wind equipment production – is one of the countries hardest hit so far by the Covod-19 emergency.
Siemens Gamesa and GE-owned LM Wind Power have both halted work at some of their plants there.