Almost 300 workers have downed tools and walked off a construction project in Hull due to health and safety fears, it has been reported.
Local papers the Hull Daily Mail and the Yorkshire Post reported that the incident is the latest in a series of walk outs by builders due to safety and standards concerns.
The 280 workers at the £200m energy-from-waste facility stopped working due to issues such as faulty fire alarms, the papers reported, as well as the state of facilities for contractors, including car parks and toilet facilities.
One worker told the papers: “The men working in these areas only knew there was an issue when members of their own workforce had to go back for them.
“The next day all of the contractors cabined up due to fears of safety on site.”
The worker claimed managers knew there had not been enough fire alarms across the site and blamed the cold weather for draining the batteries of the alarms that were installed. The worker said other concerns over leaking waste pipes in toilets on the site and the poor condition of a parking area set aside for sub-contractors had also not been addressed.
An independent health and safety audit was undertaken at the site, which Energy Works Ltd said had confirmed it was ‘being operated in a safe manner’.
In a statement, Energy Works (Hull) Ltd., said: “A representative from Energy Works (Hull) Ltd is in attendance at the energy-from-waste facility which is under construction on Cleveland Street, Hull, and can confirm the site remains operational and works are continuing.
“Furthermore, an independent health and safety audit was undertaken on Wednesday that confirmed the site is being operated and controlled in a safe manner.
“There has been an unofficial action which involved approximately 280 of the 480-strong workforce withdrawing their labour from the site.
“The Principal Contractor, M+W Group, anticipates a swift resolution to this matter, which will see the full resumption of works on site.”
Construction of the huge power plant is scheduled to be completed later this year.