A garbage man turned up for work in a fluorescent kilt after council chiefs banned him from wearing shorts.
With much of England and Wales now sizzling in hot weather, Lee Moran was looking for a way to cool off during his laps.
When York City Council ordered him to cover up, the 50-year-old donned the £60 high-visibility skirt he had specially ordered from a supplier in Canada in protest.
The father of three, who works at the Hazel Court Household Waste Center and does trash rounds around town, said the ban was harmful to his health.
Temperatures in York are expected to hit nearly 40C next week so the nylon cloth uniform that Mr Moran and his colleagues are forced to wear could become uncomfortable to say the least.
He said: “For the last five years I’ve asked about wearing shorts and they’ve just lobbed health and safety at me from left to right and centre.
“But one of the managers came up to me and said, ‘Look Lee, you can wear a kilt. There’s nothing wrong with wearing a kilt.”
“So I waited until the temperature rose above 25°C and Monday was the perfect opportunity for that.
“The public response has been absolutely amazing, and I’ve even had some councilors from the City of York call me and tell me, ‘We’re right behind you. “
Mr Moran, who received a Flood Hero Medal in 2015, said he struggles with the council’s administration to review their policies every summer.
He developed his creative protest after learning that “There’s nothing in York City Council about wearing a kilt”.
Other field workers such as gardeners and highway workers are also affected by the problem.
Mr Moran’s protest comes as Oxfordshire and London councils warned the heat could also affect rubbish collection this month.
York City Council is currently conducting a review of all of its extreme weather operations but says a kilt is unlikely to be the right option for staff.
Most recently, one of their loaders was saved from serious injury after a knife fell through a garbage bag.
Apparently only because of his protective gear, he remained unharmed.
Ben Grabham, the agency’s head of environmental services, said: “We are all experiencing hot weather at the moment so can sympathize with anyone working in direct sun.
“The health, safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority. The reason our waste bins wear pants is to protect them from sharp objects that may be contained in recycling bins or in sacks.
“We appreciate that working outdoors is very warm at this moment and we support our crews who are encouraged to take regular rest breaks and wear hats and sunscreen which will be provided to them.”
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