Safety not guaranteed


Moroccans seem to have a different attitude towards safety precautions than Americans. Yesterday on our way into Casablanca we passed a building (pictured above) under construction using wooden scaffolding. On the ground level, workers were not wearing hard hats, nor was there any mesh or netting surrounding the perimeter to protect pedestrians from falling tools or debris. Moreover, when I buckled my seatbelt in the car with my host mother the other day, she chuckled and said she only wears a seatbelt on the highway, never within the city limits. Apparently Moroccans see Americans as over precautious. I would be interested to see if the Moroccan government maintains any data on morbidity and mortality rates due to traffic and safety hazards.

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