12 pioneering workers at Ford’s factory in Plymouth, Michigan, are trialling wristbands that vibrate when they get within around 2 metres or 6 feet of each other in an attempt to make it easier to maintain social distancing and limit the risk of infection by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
If the trial proves to be successful, the wristbands could become a handy addition to more health and safety measures that Ford and the United Auto Workers union would reportedly introduce to its other facilities where manufacturing is currently suspended.
Allegedly, Ford could restart production next month (although no date has been set at the time of writing) with a variety of typically forward-thinking ideas to help reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19, such as thermal-imaging scanning to detect workers with fevers, personal protective equipment (PPE), and a basic daily survey online about their health and who may have been in physical contact with them.
As we have reported previously, Ford has also joined the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium of industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical industries to produce medical ventilators for the UK, as well as working with GE Healthcare in the USA to produce ventilators, plastic face shields and respirator masks for key workers.
Ford UK has loaned some vehicles to care homes with the aim of keeping carers on the road during the pandemic and provided additional vehicles to the NHS, British Red Cross and St John Ambulance to bolster their support functions too.
Like Ford, we too have been working hard to review all areas of our business and can assure you that we will be using strict social distancing measures in all of our dealerships when we are finally able to reopen and then for the foreseeable future. You can read more about this by tapping here.
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