Sweltering workers 'need protection'

UK workers are at an increased risk of accidents and ill health as summer temperatures soar, according to the TUC.

As a result the TUC is calling on the government to impose a maximum temperature for the workplace, beyond which workers would be allowed to go home.

However, according to recruitment agents and work charities, employees are already taking matters into their own hands to escape the soaring temperatures.

"When things get really hot in the UK, some workers do seem to get struck down with a mysterious illness - sometimes known as 'suntanitis' - which makes them phone in sick," Katy Nicholson, spokeswoman for Reed recruitment, told BBC News Online. (...)

[Source: BBC Online, 5 August 2003, read full article]

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