Boeing sends home Washington factory workers as coronavirus precaution
|Toronto Star 05 Mar 2020 at 16:33|
Boeing Co. sent home a worker with flu-like symptoms from one of its wide-body production lines, as well as 10 other employees who were in close contact with him, as concerns spread over the global coronavirus .
The stricken employee at the 777 plant in Everett, Wash., was sent home Wednesday and slated to follow up with his doctor Thursday, the planemaker said in a message to employees. He didn’t require emergency care and the company started cleaning the work area as a precaution.
The hulking facility, about an hour north of Seattle, is the largest enclosed structure on earth. The twin-aisle planes made there — including the 767 and the 787 Dreamliner — are a critical source of revenue for Boeing while it works with regulators to end a grounding of the 737 Max, the company’s bestselling jetliner.
Boeing said it wasn’t aware of any confirmed coronavirus cases in its workforce and has a medical team monitoring its sites. The Chicago-based company has about 72,000 employees in Washington, an early hot spot for the virus in the U.S.