A Basingstoke workman has hit-out at what he has described as a 'sinister' faction within the manual labour industry that is telling people to lift with their knees.
Matt Twaddle, a 45-year-old general labourer, said workmen up and down the country are being targeted and harassed for bending their back and not their knees when lifting bricks, slabs, tools and other heavy items.
Mr Twaddle, who also describes himself as 'white van man', said: 'I lift with my back all the time - so what?'
'They say it's health and safety but I think it's a load of crap, I'll lift anything I like in any way I like.'
He added that he is fed up of self-styled Health and Safety Officials 'sticking their nose into my business and telling me what's good for my health.'
Official medical advice says that the best way to lift is by bending your knees and keeping your back straight.
But Mr Twaddle said he knew of dozens of colleagues who disregard this advice on a daily basis and lift with their backs.
'There is a real sinister faction within the industry who are spreading this myth that we're doing ourselves harm.
'I say to them: look at me - I have two bacon rolls for breakfast every day and that sets me up to lift with my back all day. It's all rubbish.
'My body is a temple, and the wife's never had any complaints, if you know what I mean.'
When asked why he thought there is now such pressure to lift with the knees, the father of six said he was sure it had nothing to do with safety.
'I can't imagine what their agenda is but I'm sure it has something to do with 9/11.'
Misty Bates, spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive, commented: 'What a twit.'