Michael Northcroft (pictured above) was told to stop using a broom
A furniture maker to the stars has been told to stop using a broom in his workshop by health and safety bosses who have branded it a health hazard.
Michael Northcroft has been using a broom for decades to sweep his store in east London but has now been told he can no longer use it by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The 63-year-old, who has created pieces for everyone from Theresa May to Adele, said safety bosses want him to fork out £2,000 for an industrial vacuum cleaner.
Health and safety bosses claimed the broom raises wood dust that can be harmful, but Mr Northcroft has brushed these claims aside and has said he will continue to use the broom.
Speaking to The Sun he said: 'It's a load of rubbish. My message to the health and safety executives is, 'Sorry, I'm not doing it. The broom stays'.
'I've been managing factories for over 40 years and never have I come across such a joke.
'This isn't something I can choose to do or not do. I've been told I have to ban the use of dry sweeping and must confirm with them by a particular date that I've complied with their requirements.
The HSE said Mr Northcroft was putting his ten workers in danger by continuing to use a broom (pictured above a worker at the east London workshop)
Mr Northcroft (pictured above) has created furniture pieces for everyone from Theresa May, Adele and even Ronaldo
'If I ignore these guys it will get pretty heavy — but I'm up for the fight. I'm going to pick up my broom and get back to work.'
Mr Northcroft, who has also created furniture for football legend Ronaldo, said he was stunned when the HSE ordered a broom ban after his inspecting his Leyton workshop.
They highlighted that sweeping sawdust was exposing his workers to 'a substance hazardous to heath, namely airborne wood dust'.
They then sent him a letter which advised him to 'prohibit' dry sweeping and to provide