Chch Today: Why workers wear long sleeves

Last updated 07:56 12/02/2014
Charles Luney House demolitionf
Joseph Johnson

PHOTOGRAPHER'S VIEW: The demolition of Charles Luney House is well underway.

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Dean Kozanic
AT WORK: City Care staff wear long sleeves and trousers for protection.

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Welcome to a wrap of what's happening in Christchurch today.

WEATHER

Fine spells are expected today before evening showers and a southwesterly develops, with a high of 21 degrees Celsius.

Tomorrow will have cloudy periods, a few showers and light winds for a high of 22C.

Clouds, showers and light winds persist on Friday for a high of 23C.

TRAFFIC

Scirt works have reduced St Asaph St and are contributing to peak hour delays for commuters heading east to west.

Moorhouse Ave is suggested as a better east-west route this week.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Q: I would like to know why the poor City Care workers have to work in 33 degree heat wearing long, dark shirt and pants. I know it's supposedly for sun protection but get real, what about heat exhaustion? Sue Vincent

A: Health and safety is City Care's primary concern and we have comprehensive and strict procedures in place to ensure our people are 100 per cent safe on the job.

We focus on preventing melanoma, scrapes and lacerations which could get infected. Long sleeves and trousers is the industry norm for roading, infrastructure and construction sites, rigorously enforced by our major clients, including NZ Transport Agency and SCIRT.

We educate on nutrition, hydration, micro-breaks and being fit for work. Drink bottles are provided everywhere with water coolers on static sites. High-visibility standards are met in our uniform with just one layer of clothing. City Care is committed to implementing lighter-weight fabric as technology and supply allows. City Care

WHAT'S ON TODAY

Top Dog Theatre presents Shakespeare's The Tempest as part of Christchurch Summer Shakespeare at Mona Vale. Bring a picnic and rug and warm clothes. Tonight 6-8pm, call 03 963 0870 for tickets.

Reach Fitness is holding female-only fitness classes at Jellie Park on Greers Rd tonight from 6.00-6.45pm. Classes are a full-body workout and are held outside, $5 per class. See reachfitness.co.nz.

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