Business implements productive isolation

Factory with workers separated

Albany engineering firm Himac, which was allocated a Regional Economic Development grant through the GSDC, is striving to ensure that business carries on during the Covid-19 pandemic. Staff who can do so are working from home but special provisions have been made for staff at the Milpara factory producing agricultural attachments.

The firm has implemented ‘productive isolation’ by dividing its factory workforce into groups of no more than three, who work together and are provided with their own toilets and washing facilities.

Staff rooms and lunch rooms are closed and the time clock has been replaced with a system of text messages via phones. Team meetings and work huddles are done through online chats.

Himac managing director Darren Tindal said production had been running smoothly considering the challenging nature of social distancing.

Continuity of production will back the company’s aim to deliver the RED grant-supported project to develop and construct an interactive digital platform for fabrication and welding processes, creating new job opportunities for young people, including school leavers, in the region.

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