Keep track of hospital admissions

THAT construction companies continue to violate the mid-day break rule introduced by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is evident from the statement made by Dr Abdulkareem Mohammed Helmi, Head of the Emergency Department in Khalifa bin Zayed Hospital, Ajman, who said that the number of sunstroke cases being brought to the department was increasing, and that most of the patients were construction workers. Most sun-stroke cases occur during the peak hours between 12.30pm and 4.30pm, the period of break ordered for labourers working in the open.

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Published: Mon 18 Jul 2005, 10:06 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:43 PM

It is also obvious that the Ministry decided to implement the decision without having a proper mechanism in place to ensure compliance. It is a known fact that a majority of the ministry's employees are on summer vacation, but personnel from other departments were to be drawn to take up inspection of construction companies to ensure compliance with the new rule, which will be in vogue only during the months of July and August. The deputed staff need to devote only a part of their time towards inspection of companies, failing which the new rule would fall flat.

The Ministry can also easily track down companies violating the rule, by going through the case history of patients who suffered sun-stroke or other heat-related illnesses, in hospitals. Details about the time of admission and the company they work for form part of the admission procedures, which should make the ministry's job to track down errant companies easy.

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