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Almost 400 firms violate Bahrain summer work ban

Labour Ministry officials say they inspected 19,597 sites in all five governorates since the ban came into effect

Almost 400 firms violate Bahrain summer work ban
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Bahrain has recorded a total of 380 firms in violation of its 12 to 4pm summer working ban, which ended on Sunday.

Labour Ministry officials inspected 19,597 sites in all five governorates since the ban came into effect at the beginning of July, with 911 workers from the 380 companies found to be in breach of the law, Gulf Daily News (GDN) reported.

“The summer work ban recorded a compliance of 98.06 percent,” said Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan in a statement.

“Bahrain's decision of summer work ban reflects the country's commitment to a work-culture based on human rights.

“The commitment to the resolution by businesses is encouraging and it is good to see that they have accepted the decision and its noble purpose, which is to create a safe working environment for employees amid heat stress during summer.”

Humaidan also stressed the importance of strengthening co-operation between the ministry and the private sector to ensure safety of workers.

“We need to work towards the development of the work environment in order to avoid the occurrence of occupational injuries as much as possible throughout the year, than limiting it to summer months,” he added.

“The compliance with the ban has shown positive impact on individuals and institutions, and has also helped to raise the levels of production and profitability.”

Bahrain implemented its midday working ban with the aim of protecting workers from potentially fatal heat-related medical conditions.

Companies in violation face prosecution and punishment of up to three months in prison and fines between BHD500 ($1,325) and BHD1,000 for each worker found working outdoors by inspectors.

GDN earlier reported that 70 percent of the violations during July were registered in construction sites in the Bahraini capital, Manama.