Retail Giant Requires Truckers to Have Temperatures Taken at All Distribution Centers
Bentonville, AR – Walmart is now requiring all truckers picking up or delivering to one of its many distribution centers to have their temperature taken before being allowed entry.
A new directive from the retail giant requires truckers to be screened at each of its 160 grocery and general merchandise distribution centers throughout the U.S. as a means to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The directive also applies to all personnel including office staff, shop and warehouse workers.
According to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the new protocol, a trucker must first have his or her temperature taken with an infrared thermometer before entering any Walmart facility for pick-up or delivery.
If the driver’s temperature reads 100 degrees or more, he or she will not be allowed access into the facility, sources confirm to Transportation Nation Network (TNN).
The company piloted the protocol last week at five distribution centers before informing its drivers and contract carriers late last week it would be implementing the new policy at all locations beginning Monday, April 6.
According to a high ranking executive at a carrier contracted to haul Walmart freight, each contract carrier is required to hire a temporary worker to be on-site at each distribution center the carrier services.
That worker will be responsible to administer the temperature screenings to that contract carrier’s drivers, the source said.
However, Walmart has indicated it will pay the wages for each temporary worker and provide the needed equipment as well.
The measure comes as Walmart was just hit with a wrongful death lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL, after an associate passed away from complications arising from the coronavirus.
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Wando Evans, 51, was an associate with Walmart for more than fifteen years when he became ill and passed away on March 25.
The lawsuit filled on behalf of Evans’s Estate alleges Walmart failed to provide workers with protective masks and gloves, to suitably disinfect the store and to be honest with workers about the possible risks.
Four days following Evans’s death, a co-worker of Evans at the Evergreen Park, IL, store died from COVID-19.
Randy Hargrove, a Walmart spokesman, said in a statement, “We are heartbroken at the passing of two associates at our Evergreen Park store and we are mourning along with their families. While neither associate had been at the store in more than a week, we took action to reinforce our cleaning and sanitizing measures, which include a deep-cleaning of key areas.”
The company announced on March 31 it would require its store workers to have their temperatures taken before each shift as a precaution.