200 Bahrain firms busted during midday work ban

Labour ministry says 800 workers caught working outside during ban

the summer midday work ban was brought in to protect workers from the dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Photo: ITP images.
the summer midday work ban was brought in to protect workers from the dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Photo: ITP images.

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Bahrain officials say 200 companies were caught breaking the summer midday work ban this year and, while they’re concerned violations still occur, figures are better than last year.

Inspectors from the Ministry of Labour carried out more than 15,000 visits to worksites around the Kingdom during the two month ban that ended last Tuesday. The visits revealed that 98% of companies were adhering to the ban however, there were those still flouting the law.

The 200 cases involved 820 labourers which, according to the Ministry, was better than the 383 cases that involved 1,266 labourers in 2009. Companies caught can expect to be fined between BD50 – 300 for each worker discovered working outside during the ban.

Labour Ministry occupational health and safety section head Abbas Matooq said the decrease had come through companies understanding the purpose of the ban, and its underlying safety intentions.


 

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