09/01/2009 11:12 PM
Ras Al Khaimah: The number of violations of the labour department's midday work ban dropped considerably this year, thanks to an increased public awareness on the prohibition, a senior labour department official said.
The official said initial reports reaching the labour department indicate that the number of violations declined by half when compared to year-ago figures.
The midday work ban was implemented during the peak of summer to protect workers from heat-related deaths or injuries.
The official said the number of workers who were brought to hospitals for heat-related illnesses such as sun stroke was down by at least 25 per cent compared to the number of cases recorded in 2007 and 2008. For this year, the RAK Department of Labour embarked on a massive information campaign to ensure that employers and workers become aware of the dangers of working at midday or the time of the day when temperatures are at its peak and to remind them of an existing regulation on this matter.
Dovetailing the information drive are the visits made by labour department inspectors at job sites to ensure that the midday work ban was being followed.
The official said that the campaign can be regarded as successful based on the drop of incidents this year.
The official at the same time called on the companies that were penalised this year for violating the midday work ban to learn their lessons and make sure they comply with the regulations next year.