Two road accidents, which occurred on the same day (last Wednesday), under almost the same conditions, and hitting the same sector (agricultural), challenge us in more ways than one.
One, produced at the level of the regional road 404 – douar Bounjaja in the commune of Brachoua in Romani, (region of Khémisset) heavily and tragically hit the agricultural sector with its 11 dead (9 women) and 28 people injured including several cases are critical, and the other occurred in Chtouka Ait Baha, causing 27 injuries.
Unfortunately these are not isolated cases. Indeed, women and men are often crammed into transport vehicles of all kinds, in total disregard of regulations and safety and health conditions. In these circumstances, this obviously generates heavy human tolls. This is how dozens of agricultural workers are killed every year on their way to their rural workplace.
In this regard, human rights activists plead for the need to stop the bloodshed through this type of accident. Also, they call to improve the working conditions of these agricultural workers, and to ensure that the working conditions are respected and that the means of transport they use to get to their place of work are controlled. more rigorously. They further point out that the responsibility is shared among many sectors.
In this context, Samira Muheya, President of the Federation of Women’s Rights Leagues (FLDF), believes that, ” the Brachoua accident comes on top of others involving the transport of men and women. Already last September another such accident occurred in Chtouka Ait Baha, in which two agricultural workers were killed. But before that, there were many accidents due to the faulty transport that the workers use every day to get to work.
” We have previously seized the Minister of Labor, to demand an improvement in the working conditions of agricultural workers and to apply the requirements of the law without result. We called on him for employment and the implementation of monitoring at all levels in the agricultural fields so that the working conditions of workers are ensured,” she adds.
And the president of the FLDF to stress the need ” to define everyone’s responsibilities and to control the means of transport used by these men and women. There are too many dysfunctions where many factors are involved”.
The activist also deplored the fleet of dilapidated, worn and used vehicles and moreover defective used to transport – often in excess – the workers, recalling the imperative of ‘tfind a solution to this dilemma and provide safe means of transport that guarantee the safety and dignity of workers, in order to stop this haemorrhage of accidents“.
Asked by MoroccoLatestNews UK in this regard, the Director General of the National Road Safety Agency (NARSA), Nacer Boulaajoul, tells us that an investigation has been opened and is still underway to elucidate the instigators of this accident. Once the investigation is completed, the relevant authorities will share the available data with public opinion, he said.
He also indicated that vehicles over 5 years old are subject to a technical inspection every year which determines whether they are still in working order or not.