x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

'I find my temper rises... the brain gets very hot'

DUBAI // The scorching heat began to get to Bulchand Buniya, a Bangladeshi mason, more than an hour before break time at 11am. "I find my temper rises," said Mr Buniya, 28, untying a white head cloth from beneath his helmet during a break in Dubai Marina. "The brain gets very hot when our body temperature goes higher."

Touaef Ahmed from Bangladesh, an electrician standing outside a construction site in the Business Bay area, said the heat was unbearable. "Your mind gets red-hot even in the shade," he said. "I'm doing this for my children, for my family at home." In a sprawling Arabtec Construction site off Sheikh Zayed Road, Khalid Omari, Arabtec's health and safety senior manager, said there would be no work at all during the break, even if the rules allow it under certain circumstances.

"It would demoralise the spirit of the workers if there were some people working and some were not," he said. Imran Hussein, a 21-year-old construction worker from Bangladesh, said he had to drink water every 15 minutes or get dizzy. "This break - we need it," he said. "When you are out working in the heat, any rest is good rest." @Email:rtalwar@thenational.ae