Posted 8th Aug 2018

Heatwave preventing trade jobs from being completed

By KBBDaily on 8th August 2018 - 10:16am
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Tradespeople in the UK are calling for on-site water stations as they say the UK’s current heatwave is “forcing them to down tools”, with 40% adding that they have been prevented from completing a job because of the hot weather, according to a new survey by IronmongeryDirect.

The survey – which questioned sole traders and small businesses – noted that many of the respondents are self-employed, meaning “heat-induced pauses in work” are likely to mean loss of income or damage to professional reputation “despite making decisions to leave the site for safety reasons”.

“We would urge high-risk groups including tradespeople to follow the Public Health England advice to take care in the sun, especially when temperatures are potentially reaching 30 degrees or more throughout this week,” said a spokesperson for the Met Office.

IronmongeryDirect managing director Wayne Lysaght-Mason added: “This heatwave has been more prolonged and relentless than anything I can remember. With it not beyond the realms of possibility for this type of weather to become more frequent, I think it’s vitally important for tradespeople to receive more protection.”

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