Work ban violations drop

SUMMER midday work ban violations registered a marginal drop this year with inspectors recording 22 cases compared with 30 last year.

The annual outdoor work ban during July and August ended yesterday and registered 99.8 per cent compliance, said Labour and Social Development Minister Jameel Humaidan.

Violations involving 33 workers were reported from 11,342 inspections carried out this year.

Employers who flouted the ban were referred to the Public Prosecution and could face up to three months behind bars and fines of BD500 to BD1,000 for each employee caught working outside.

The ban, which makes it illegal for companies to employ workers on outdoor sites between midday and 4pm, is based on a 2007 law aimed at preventing heat-related illness among labourers in the scorching summer heat.




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