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April 16, 2024

“Ministry of Labor: 148 Violations for Employing Workers ‘Under the Sun'”

Kuwait

In June of last year, inspection teams under the Ministry of Labor’s Occupational Safety Center identified 148 violations for non-compliance with the work suspension during noon hours.

The Ministry stated that its inspectors revisited the violating establishments and verified the completion of 132 warning notifications. Among the observed violations during the noon period were a government road project near the Al-Nuzha area, a roaming ice cream vendor, a watermelon seller, construction works in the capital, residential properties, and delivery workers using motorcycles for consumer orders.

Furthermore, a reliable source within the Ministry confirmed that the inspection teams will continue monitoring these establishments for violations until the end of August. The decision aims to protect workers from scorching sunlight during the summer season and to regulate work hours, not to reduce them, while ensuring that the ongoing projects are not negatively affected.

The source explained that the inspection team follows a specific procedure for recording violations. In the initial stage, a warning notice is issued to the worker, which is handed to the employer as an alert. If the violation is repeated, a fine of 100 dinars per worker is imposed.

It was noted that there has been a decline in the number of violations during the noon hours compared to the same period last year.

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