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‘Dozens' of ambulances called to Sports Direct HQ

Ambulances were called to the Sports Direct headquarters in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, more than 80 times in two years because staff were “too scared” to take sick leave, the BBC reports.

East Midlands Ambulance Service sent 76 ambulances or paramedic cars to the distribution centre between January 2013 and December 2014, according to a Freedom of Information request made by the BBC’s Inside Out team. Seven were called but later cancelled.

Of those sent out, 36 cases were classed as life-threatening, including chest pains, breathing problems, convulsions and strokes.

Former Sports Direct staff told the BBC’s Inside Out programme that some people were “too scared” to take sick leave because they feared losing their jobs.

They were reportedly worried about a “six strikes” policy used by an agency that supplies staff to Sports Direct. A document produced by one of the agencies states: “Any person who exceeds six strikes within a rolling six-month period will have their assignment at Sports Direct ended.”

Sports Direct said it aimed to provide safe working conditions.

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