Hero binmen encourage workers in frontline services to get tested

Kirklees Council’s hero refuse workers, Mick McDermott, Chris Armand and Andy Borowy, who came to the rescue of local man Christopher Lennon giving lifesaving first aid, are encouraging all critical workers to get tested for COVID-19.

Letters of thanks from the Leader of the Council, Councillor Shabir Pandor and Councillor Paul Davies were awarded by Councillor Davies at one of the council’s community testing sites just after the team had been into the centre for their routine lateral flow tests.

Lateral flow testing is one of the measures used to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in our communities.  Currently aimed specifically at people who can’t work from home and are coming into an office or other enclosed space, like refuse workers, these tests are important in helping to identify cases in the community where symptoms are not present.

By taking a test you’re helping reduce the spread of the virus in your workplace and protecting your colleagues and communities.

Mick, Chris and Andy, Refuse Workers at Kirklees Council said:

“Saving lives isn’t always as obvious as giving first aid, lateral flow testing too can save lives. If you have Covid-19 but don’t know it, you could be passing it on without even realising it, potentially to vulnerable members of your family and work team.

“The test is really simple and we got our results within half an hour. It gives us peace of mind that we are keeping our work mates and families safe.”


Councillor Paul Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said;

“About one in three people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Regular testing of people without symptoms is important to help stop the virus spreading, so
as lockdown restrictions gradually ease, we all need to play our part to help protect each other.

“If you’re working out on-site, have regular contact with members of the public or work in close proximity to others where social distancing is difficult, we recommend you are tested at least twice a week.

“And remember there is financial and practical support available for people who have to isolate.”

Christopher, the man whose aide our workers rushed to, has since made a full recovery after spending 10 days in intensive care, thanks in no small part to the inspirational and heroic actions by our refuse collectors.

Community Testing Sites

Kirklees Council is encouraging all critical workers, who don’t have access to a national testing programmes, to have lateral flow tests.

Open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week, critical workers can take a lateral flow test at one of our four asymptomatic community testing sites; Hudawi Centre, Greenwood Centre, Dewsbury Customer Service Centre and Batley Library.

If you test positive for COVID-19 or are asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace following a positive test result you may be eligible for financial and practical support. More information about other ways in which help and support is available.