Times caption: To beat the ban the builders raided their wives’ wardrobes or bought new workwear
A piece in today’s Times:
A group of builders who were told that they could not wear shorts because of health and safety rules got around the ban by turning up to work in dresses and skirts.
As temperatures reached 26C (78.8F) in Surrey, where the bricklayers were working for Bellway Homes, the men asked if they could wear shorts but were reminded of the dress code in force on their site. This did not apply to women wearing skirts, however. To beat the ban, they raided their wives’ closets and a supermarket.
“I turned up for work on Monday and was told my legs had to be covered on site,” Simon Miles, 45, told The Sun. “I’ve heard nothing like it in 20 years. Some of the other lads were really struggling and uncomfortable in jeans. But we realised that as there were women working in offices on the same site in skirts, they couldn’t stop us doing the same.”
He opted for a denim skirt and caramel coloured boots.
The builders said that inspiration came from media coverage of boys at a school in Sonning Common, Oxfordshire, where a gender-neutral policy permitted skirts, but not shorts.
Adam Houdoire, 29, spent £10 on a leopard-print dress. He said: “I love it. It gives you far more freedom.”
A Health and Safety Executive spokesman said: “There are no specific regulations about wearing shorts on sites. How workers are dressed is a matter for the employer.”
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