Around 118 construction companies in Bahrain have been fined for flouting the country's midday working ban.
Labour Ministry inspectors said that it found 137 workers employed by the 118 firms out working in the strong midday heat, despite a two-month ban on outdoor working between the hours of midday and 4pm being introduced on July 1.
"We have referred the list of violating companies to the Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry to take appropriate action," Labour ministry under-secretary Sabah Al Dossary told Gulf Daily News.
"According to the law, these companies have to pay fines ranging between BD500-BD1,000 ($1,326-$26,52) for each worker caught working by our labour inspectors."
He said that its team had carried out 5,171 site inspections since the ban started and would continue to do so until it is due to end on August 31.
He also added that the overwhelming majority of firms (almost 98 percent) were complying with the rules.
"This is a good sign and shows that companies are serious about the safety and well-being of their staff."
This is the seventh year that a midday working ban during peak summer months has been implemented in the Kingdom.