99% of UAE firms obeyed mid-day work ban in 2010

The mid-day work ban was extended from two to three months this year

According to Ministry of Labour officials, this year's stats show a new cultural awareness among construction firms.
According to Ministry of Labour officials, this year's stats show a new cultural awareness among construction firms.

Ministry of Labour officials say 99% of construction firms in the UAE adhered to the mid-day work ban this summer, proving that the new three-month period for the rule was justified.

The ban, which is enforced throughout the UAE during the summer months to help reduce heat-related worksite accidents, was extended by a month this year - beginning on June 15 and ending today, September 15.

In an interview with the Dubai-based Al Bayan newspaper, the Ministry of Labour's Inspection Affairs Department’s executive director Maher Al Oabed said that officers carried out 68,472 inspections between June 15 and August 31 and found 476 instances where the ban was being flouted.

He said that the statistics reflected a new cultural awareness within the industry and that firms clearly welcomed the ministry’s decision to extend the ban period from two months to three.

In 2009, the mid-day break rule, which bans outside work between the hours of 12.30pm and 3pm, was enforced from July 1 until August 31.

This time, the rule, which is now in its sixth year, began earlier to cater for increasingly high summer temperatures.

To ensure it was obeyed by as many firms as possible, the Ministry of Labour was active in carrying out workshops, field visits and site inspections.

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