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UAE laborers not covered for heat-related illnesses

The UAE's Ministry of Labor's Workmen's Compensation Insurance provided to laborers does not cover heat-related illnesses...


July 25, 2009 7:56 by

The UAE’s Ministry of Labor’s Workmen’s Compensation Insurance provided to laborers does not cover heat-related illnesses, reports Khaleej Times.

Ali Adnan Farook, property underwriting manager at Oman Insurance Company, said that the Workmen’s Compensation Insurance covers “any sort of work-related injury as a result of an accident, but not sunstroke or hernia due to heat.”

“Under our normal policy, sunstroke and hernia due to heat are usually not covered, they are a standard exclusion. We cover any sort of work-related injury as a result of an accident. Heat-related illnesses are due to circumstances, due to heat, so this falls under the extension (of policy),” he said. If a worker suffers from heat-related illnesses due to their work conditions, “they have to pay from their (own) pocket.”

“Heat stress is not included at all in this part of the world,” he added.


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  1. Amin on July 26, 2009 5:32 am

    To me it does sound familiar : It is standard practise in thsi part of the world ….. to have two standards for everything (not that other parts are lagging behind…) Two set of people on the road : One inside the cars and other out on the road… So welcome to “Culturally rich” and “Historically – Tolerant (??) ” Middle East !!!

    Keep Smiling…

  2. mike on July 26, 2009 10:51 am

    Whom shall be covered by the law of heat stroke and related illness. Is this only applied to those working in offices. And while leaving there offices at 2 pm. hurrily, went to the car park and experience hard breathing?


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