Three more workplace fatalities in Italy today, continuing the appalling trend of 2021. The government’s platitudes in October have yet to have an effect on the number of deaths in the workplace.
Yet more fatal workplace accidents occurred in Italy on Tuesday. A worker fell to his death from scaffolding near Venice, a farmer was crushed to death by a tractor that overturned near Mantua, and a 57-year-old worker was struck on the head by a wind-blown roof panel at Sora near Frosinone between Rome and Naples, Ansa news agency reported.
Over 1,200 deaths in 2021
The fatalities are the latest in a wave of workplace accident deaths in Italy. There were 1,221 deaths last year. The government’s Justice Minister, Marta Cartabia, said such deaths are a national tragedy, on October 22.
She added the government had increased the number of inspectors and checks. However, a new law on administrative responsibility would be even more useful in stopping the rash of fatalities.
Despite the Prime Minister Mario Draghi saying, “As the government, we committed ourselves to doing everything possible to prevent these episodes happening again,” the accidents have continued.
The issue has been of public debate in Italy since the death of the 22-year-old mother of a five-year-old boy, Luana D’Orazio, in a textile mill accident near Prato on May 3.
In December, Turin held a day of mourning for three workers who died when a large crane collapsed in the city.