WORK on part of a scheme to make a busy Huddersfield road safer has been stopped - because it's dangerous for the workers.
Safety chiefs stepped in after an inspection revealed that men operating pneumatic drills were not properly protected from the effects of vibration.
The Health and Safety Executive slapped a ban prohibiting the type of drilling until safety action was taken.
Workmen are in Firth Street, near the university, for major work to install traffic-calming measures.
Kirklees Council said the safety move would not delay the scheme.
The ban relates to drilling work on street lighting columns.
A Health and Safety Executive spokeswoman said they had served a banning notice on the work because the effects of hand-arm vibration caused by the drills had not been properly assessed or protected against.
Work on the £210,000 Firth Street safety scheme is being carried out by Kirklees Council's own in-house team.
Five zebra crossings, speed plateaux and a pedestrian guard rail are to be installed.
Council staff have been told to come up with an acceptable plan for the workers before the drilling can start again.
A council spokeswoman said: "We will change our method of working."
Firth Street is one of Huddersfield's busiest, with about 6,000 vehicles using the route every day.
A 23-year-old student was killed on the road in January, 2001, and four others injured between 1999 and 2002.
The traffic-calming measures are aimed at cutting drivers' speed to 25mph and reducing accidents.
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