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Many found working in noon sun; ban violated

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Companies warned, citations issued

KUWAIT CITY, June 25: The inspection teams of the Occupational Safety Center at the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) recently recorded dozens of violations by companies that forced their workers to break the ban on outdoor work during the afternoon hours, reports Al-Qabas daily. According to the “Heat Kills Them” campaign by the Kuwait Society for Human Rights, 730 similar violations had been recorded from June 1 to June 21.

The inspection teams carried out a wide inspection campaign on companies that violated the decision to ban outdoor work during the noon time, based on communications they received concerning the Hessa Al Mubarak suburb of the Capital Governorate. During the tour of the construction projects in the suburb, dozens of violations were recorded, including the presence of motorcycle delivery workers at the construction site. Head of the inspection team in the Capital Governorate Eng. Mohammad Al-Ajmi explained that workers delivering orders using motorcycles and in open places are covered by the decision to prevent outdoor work during noon time. However, they are not stopped on the roads for their safety.

Contact was made with their companies after recording their presence during the ban period. The citations issued are related to workers who are in violation of the residency or domestic labor law. The inspectors apply the law on the violating companies, and their officials are summoned, after recording the notifications, to sign a pledge to abide by the decision before re-discovering and recording the violations. Engr. Al-Ajmi called on companies to register as absconding those workers who do not adhere to the labor law or work in places other than their workplace.

The authority records notifications and refers the files of violators of the residency and labor laws to the concerned authorities, if they are in projects they do not belong to. The companies bear the responsibility at that time. Meanwhile, the “Heat Kills Them” campaign of the Kuwait Society for Human Rights issued a statistics this week, as per which 272 violations of the decision were detected through workers delivering orders via motorcycles, and 254 violations through construction workers. Also, 113 cleaners were spotted working in the afternoon, as well as 27 road workers and 64 guards of accommodations.

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