Three men died at work in the Como region in a single day. Two young men were found dead on a construction site in Moltrasio. They spent the night in a container used as an office area and, in all likelihood to try to warm themselves, lit a makeshift brazier, which would have produced carbon monoxide poisoning, leading to their death. A few hours later, in the early afternoon another tragedy struck the Como region. A 70-year-old man was pinned by the tractor he was driving, which overturned for reasons yet to be determined. The helicopter rescue took off from Como Villa Guardia, but there was nothing to be done. The sad balance of the day is three deaths at work in the province of Como alone.
Political and trade union reactions did not last long.
“The news of the two workers who died intoxicated at the Moltrasio construction site in the province of Como leaves us stunned. I express closeness to the families of the two victims. Moltrasio is a tragic story that takes us back to the hard and sad Brings reality of accidents at work in Lombardy – a reality that unfortunately is getting worse,” says the regional councilor of the Democratic Party, Angelo Orsenigo. “In 2022 you cannot die at work,” concludes the Como councilor.
The words of Paolo Capone, General Secretary of the UGL, and Claudio Morgillo, Regional Secretary of the UGL Lombardia are also harsh, asking the institutions to strengthen controls and training, so that the safety of the workers really becomes a priority on the political agenda of our country. : “The massacre of the workers shows no sign of abating. The chilling ease with which people continue to die in the workplace is astounding. We cannot remain indifferent to the first national emergency,” they write in a joint note
Deaths at work in Lombardy
There are 73,919 reports of accidents in Lombardy (+47.6% compared to 50,082 in the first half of 2021). There were 40 fatal accidents in the first eight months of 2022, almost double compared to the same period of 2021 (24) according to the regional fatal accident register. There is also a stagnation in the number of inspections (+ 0.88%) and a decrease in the number of branches (-6.11%) in 2021 compared to 2020.
In addition to direct, institutional intervention, the need to promote a proper safety culture between employers and workers is confirmed, starting also with training and permanent training throughout the working period.