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KUWAIT CITY, June 4: The Occupational Safety Center affiliated to the Public Authority for Manpower began surprise campaigns to arrest workers who work directly under the summer heat, reports Al-Qabas daily. The daily added on the first day of the campaign which began on June 1, the inspectors issued 40 violations to construction workers and said 47.5 percent of these workers were found to be holding No 20 visa (domestic workers).
The daily added, the ban period during summer includes from noon until 4:00 pm and came into effect on June 1, 2022. During the campaign, which was headed by Hamad Al-Makhial, in the suburb of South Abdullah Al- Mubarak, which is witnessing extensive construction and building work, a number of violations were issued to companies that are not committed to hiring workers during the afternoon.
Al-Makhial said the team was able to detect 50 violating sites, in which 40 violations were recorded against 13 workers (Article 18), and 19 for domestic workers for working in the field of construction and building.
On the sidelines of the tour, Al-Makhial stressed the workforce’s keenness on the importance of maintaining the safety of workers without harming the work on the projects and the interests of employers, pointing out that the implementation of the decision comes in compliance with international charters and agreements ratified by Kuwait to preserve labor rights.
He added that the authority will follow all legal procedures against violators and the repetition will expose the owner to legal accountability, and the consequent closure of the file of the company involved in addition to the imposition of financial fines. In the event the violation is repeated, another warning will be issued, which entails activating the legal procedures, starting with the referral to the competent authority, closing the file and fining the violator about 100 dinars for each worker, and doubling the fine if the violation is repeated. Al-Makhial revealed that the inspection teams will continue to organize surprise campaigns over three months, until the end of August, pointing out that many companies are cooperating and remain committed to implementing the decisions of the authority.