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Virus-Fearing Workers Lead to Cratered Global Factory Output

Philippe Petitcolin.
Philippe Petitcolin.Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg
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Philippe Petitcolin has had a hard time getting workers back on the factory floor.

The Safran SA chief executive officer’s efforts to resume work at sites building jet engines for Airbus SE hit a wall after the company handed over its entire stock of 60,000 masks to plug French hospital shortages, and it lacked thermometers to test staff for possible coronavirus infections. Employees in outbreak hot spots like eastern France were reluctant to return to assembly lines, especially without protective gear.