The vans used to transport the bodies were ordinary transport vans, according to the pair, without special equipment or means of securing the bodies. Everyone could carry two body bags on plastic trays side by side on the ground.
The recruits were invited to attend a second day of training in a temporary morgue at Wanstead Flats, north-east London, the day before work began. The training would have lasted 90 minutes and the recruits were given no instructions on how to protect themselves from bodily fluids or other potential risks to the health and safety of the corpses, they said.
Health and safety information emailed to recruits stated “appropriate PPE [personal protective equipment] is compulsory for everyone working on site ”. He said that workers in cold stores should wear thermal underwear, pants and jackets or a quilted all-in-one, light gloves, closed shoes and body protection. head, like a baseball cap. “Additional disposable PPE will be provided on site,” he added.
Recruits were told that they would be paid £ 12.50 an hour, working 60 hours a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. No employment contract has been produced; workers would be informed by SMS when they had to report for work and had to submit invoices to be paid.
The NDAs were sent by email to recruits to sign before starting work. Staff received wristbands with the name “Hub Logistics”, which is part of Loud Sound.
The two recruits who contacted the Guardian expressed concern over the lack of training and PPE. They say on-site management did not respond properly to their complaints, so they decided not to accept the jobs.
Their story was supported by a written statement, seen by the Guardian, of a third recruit who claimed to have been fired after expressing his concerns.
A recruit said, “There was a real feeling that people had just said to have it stolen, and it seemed like an incredibly disrespectful and dangerous way of working. No one who has attended the training has seen a healthcare professional involved or in any capacity whatsoever at any of the sites.
“When I raised concerns, they were pushed back … We were told we would be asked to leave if we didn’t like it. “