Most Abu Dhabi firms complying by midday break rule

July 24th, 2008 - 11:20 am ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, July 24 (IANS) Most companies in the emirate of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are complying with the midday break rule, which allows respite to workers from outdoor work during the blazing hours of summer days. Average compliance of the rule was 99.6 percent, 98 percent in Al Ain, 94 percent in Dalma island and 93 percent in the emirate’s western region, the state-run Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

According to the midday break rule, first introduced in 2005, construction companies have to stop all outdoor work from 12.30 p.m. to 3 p.m., the hottest period of the day.

The rule is in effect from July 1 to Aug 31 across the entire UAE.

A large number of the 1.5 million expatriate Indians in this Gulf nation work as contract labour in this country’s booming construction industry.

A director in the labour inspection department in UAE’s Ministry of Labour, who made visited several work sites within the Abu Dhabi emirate along with Red Crescent Authority (RCA) officials, said that 37 firms in Abu Dhabi were caught violating the rule - 30 in Al Ain, two in Dalma island and six in the western region.

RCA secretary general Saleh Al Taie said his organisation would conduct a series programmes in support of the Ministry of Labour.

“A first aid training course will be conducted for foremen to allow them rescue workers hit by heat exhaustion and work injuries,” he said.

RCA volunteers offered selective health services to the workers and gave out booklets on first aid and prevention from heat stroke, according to the WAM report.

Foodstuff, beverages and helmets were also distributed among workers.

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