19 security guards employed by a certain security company, sustained moderate to serious injuries when the Toyota pick-up they were travelling in overturned in the Monte Christo Road in Katutura, Windhoek yesterday.
Four ambulances were dispatched and transported all the injured persons – 4 of whom were seriously injured and 19 who sustained moderate to serious injuries – to hospital for further management. It has been established that the driver of the vehicle is unlicensed, a grave concern as unlicensed drivers are not experienced thus compromise their and others’ safety.
This incident places focus on the aspect of work place road safety, which requires employers to not only adopt a work place road safety policy, but ensure that such a policy is implemented, in order to ensure that their employees not only become safer road users, but are transported safely in decent vehicles.
The Fund reminds the public of the Road Traffic and Transport Act 22 of 1999, which clearly stipulates that “no person shall operate a goods vehicle conveying persons on a public road unless that portion of the vehicle in which the people are being transported enclosed to a height of20f 2.
1. At least 3.5 meters above the surface upon which such person is seated or
2. A least 9 meters above the surface on which such person is standing.”
This particular road crash is in contravention of the said Act and the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund of Namibia would like to call upon all employers to ensure that they provide safe and appropriate modes of transport for their workers.
Said the MVA Fund Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Rosalia Martins-Hausiku: “As at 08 October 2014, our Call Centre recorded 2596 road crashes, 4618 injuries and 533 deaths as a result of road crashes, translating to an average of 3 persons losing their lives on our roads daily. These deaths can be prevented if all road users commit to being safe road users.
As we, together with the National Road Safety Council, prepare for the upcoming Festive Season we urge all employers and the public to join the activities that are lined up to stabilize the occurrence of road crashes. All of us, be it state-owned enterprises, private sector businesses, civil society, government or the man on the street, have a role to play in ensuring that our roads become safer. We therefore urge everyone to support the Festive Season Road Safety Campaign which will be launched in Windhoek on 07 November 2014.”