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779 ‘laborers’ in 699 work sites violated law: minister Security authorities urged to be vigilant

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 24: The Labor Inspection Department at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor registered in June a total of 779 laborers in 699 work sites found to have violated the law prohibiting work under direct heat of the sun from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm during summer, says Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Planning and Development Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh. The minister made this statement in response to the question of MP Abdullah Al-Adwani on the application of ministerial decree number 189/A /2010 which was amended to become ministerial decree number 212/GA/2011. The decree prohibits working under direct heat of the sun from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm during summer - from June 1 to Aug 31.

According to the minister, the Labor Inspection Department designates a team of occupational safety engineers every year to inspect work sites during the abovementioned period in order to ensure strict compliance with the decree. She affirmed that, through the team, the ministry takes legal measures stipulated in Article 141 of Private Sector Labor Law number 6/2010.

She explained the initial step is issuance of a warning to violators, followed by another inspection after three days to ensure compliance with the directive. Al-Sabeeh presented results of the inspections carried out from June 1- 30, 2014; during which 669 work sites were inspected and 779 workers were found to have violated the decree for the first time.

She said 272 sites were re-inspected and this led to the discovery of 301 violators, while 30 workers in 12 sites violated the decree after reinspection.

Meanwhile, Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obeidi has confirmed allocation of land for the construction of a public hospital in Sabah Al-Ahmad Residential City to reduce pressure on Al-Adan Hospital. In response to the query of MP Hamoud Al-Hamdan, Al-Obeidi said the ministry has coordinated with the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) on the allocation of land measuring 82,000 square meters for the new hospital.

He disclosed the ministry is currently coordinating with its finance ministry to include the hospital’s design in the proposed budget for fiscal 2014-2015. He added the ministry is also working with the Structural Plan Department at Kuwait Municipality to specify the basic requirements of the ministry for the implementation of projects in the South, including the allocation of land measuring — 2.5 million square meters for the establishment of a medical district between Sabah Al-Ahmad and Khairan, similar to Sabah Medical District.

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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