BUILDERS are demanding an end to “inhumane” working conditions, including being forced to work through freezing temperatures and endure torrential downpours for up to 12 hours at a time.
Construction union Ucatt wrote to the chief executive of the National House Building Council (NHBC) Mike Quinton yesterday, calling on them to introduce clear rules for workers operating in extreme weather — just as rules exist to protect materials.
“The NHBC makes it clear mortar should not be used below two degrees, while construction workers should put their gloves on, get out there and suffer,” the union said.
Ucatt highlighted that workers have long had to endure “the inhumanity of being told to work in extreme weather,” stressing that most Brits wouldn’t allow a “dog to suffer such conditions.”
“The construction industry has long put profit before people. It’s a complete indictment of an industry that has temperature guidelines to safeguard materials but none whatsoever for the workers,” said Ucatt acting general secretary Brian Rye.