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Bahrain: Construction site worker deaths fall 50%

The summer working ban along with other measurements set by the authorities have been cited as the prime reasons behind the decline

NEWS, Business, Bahrain, Construction, Construction site, Deaths, Gcc, Worksite injury

The deaths of construction site workers in Bahrain during summer months have fallen by 50% over the last three years, a top labour official has said.

The summer working ban which prohibits labourers working betwen noon and 4pm, as well as other measurements set by the authorities have been cited as the prime reasons behind the decline.

Speaking at a health safety programme, Labour Affairs Under-Secretary Sabah Al Dossary, was quoted by Gulf Daily News, as saying: "Ever since we started the work ban in 2007, especially during the past three years, the incidents of worksite accidents have reduced at least by 50%.

"Worksite accident rates were high during summer months in the past and, in this contect, we praise the commitment of institutions and corporate owners to the implementation of the summer work ban lan, which aims to protect workers in the construction sector during the months of July and August every year."

If any worker dies during work ban hours, his employer will be held responsibly, society secretary general Faisal Fulad said.

Violations of the ban include a $2,650 (BHD1,000) fine per worker, it was reported.  

 

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