Finning offers head office car park as coronavirus testing site

FINNING UK & Ireland is helping to support the fight against Covid-19 by working with the department for health and social care to establish a mobile testing unit at its Cannock HQ.

The Caterpillar construction machinery dealer explained that the site is being operated by military personnel. Testing will take place in a controlled area in the car park for a series of dates throughout June.

“The effort that everyone in the country has made to tackle the coronavirus has been amazing,” said Keith Oakes, head of safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) at Finning. “Providing use of our car park so that people across the West Midlands can get tested is a small contribution but the company was keen to play its part.

“During testing, a one-way system will be set up in the staff car park, which is not currently in use. There will be no queuing on the A5, and it will be kept completely separate from any on-site operations, to guarantee our employee’s health, safety and wellbeing.”

Finning revealed the opportunity to become a testing site came out of the firm’s good relationship with the military. Finning is part of the Armed Forces Covenant and has several members of staff who previously served in the army.

Finning has made other contributions during the pandemic, including the use of company vans to deliver food parcels in Ireland, and by contributing safety glasses to local hospitals.