Workers in Christchurch's central city red zone may not be able to wear shorts or T-shirts to work next year under proposed new minimum safety requirements.
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) is proposing new guidelines that would require workers to wear "long pants, hard hats, long-sleeved tops, gloves, protective boots and eyewear".
The requirements are designed to protect workers from skin cancer, as well as help prevent "burns, abrasions, contact with cement, concrete, diesel and other chemicals", The Press reports.
However, Brayden Sullivan, a stonemason working in the red zone, says he was outraged when his boss told him about the changes.
Mr Sullivan said workers would overheat if they had to cover their arms and legs.
"Everybody is quite upset about it."
He said workers were willing to wear sunscreen and he didn't think the guidelines would protect from scratches.
"We're not against safety at all, but this doesn't make any practical sense," Mr Sullivan said.
A CERA spokeswoman said consultation on the guidelines is underway and no formal decisions have yet been made.