A CONSTRUCTION industry watchdog has washed its hands of any responsibility for protecting building workers during extreme weather conditions.
The National House Building Council (NHBC), which is regulated by the Financial Services Authority, enforces the application of building regulations on issues such as the quality of construction materials.
Construction union Ucatt wrote to NHBC chief executive Mike Quinton asking for rules protecting building materials from extreme weather to also be applied to building workers.
Mr Quinton refused the request, saying it was up to employers and workers to decide what conditions they would or would not work in.
Ucatt acting general secretary Brian Rye said yesterday: “The NHBC have washed their hands of the problem. Workers face the continued misery of being forced to work in extreme weather conditions because powerful organisations decide to look the other way.”