Thousand and One Deaths

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Italy is a dangerous place for those who work. The one thousand possible deaths have the taste of the blood and the torture of the Spanish Inquisition.
They are crimes, not accidents. Investments for safety diminish the turnover. The fallen at work increase it. Fallen in an Italy that is full of trades unions, inspectors, proclamations, but without rules. Death from profits.
How does a worker die? The 246 building industry dead in 2006 offer a vast choice:

- zapped by high voltage (Luigi Careddu, labourer, 29 years old)
- squashed by a truck (Luigi Cuomo, labourer, 40 years old)
- fallen from scaffolding (Michele Grauso, labourer, 55 years old)
- knock down by a train (Victor Rotari, labourer, 48 years old)
- for the collapse of a balcony (Massimo Raffaele Pisacane, labourer, 22 years old)
- squashed by a transporter belt (Salim Bedoui, labourer, 19 years old)
- squashed by a cement mixer (Francesco Casalicchio, labourer, 30 years old)
- swallowed up by a landslide (Carmelo Molino, labourer, 56 years old)
- hit on the head by a beam (Nicolin Ndou, labourer, 42 years old)
- falling from a roof (Davide Soldati, labourer on his first day of work, 27 years old)
- for the collapse of a building (Mircea Spiridon, labourer, 32 years old)
- squashed by an excavator (Marco Cibin, labourer, 41 years old)
- squashed by a load of granite slabs (Daniele Tavarini, labourer, 43 years old)
- falling into a cement mixing system (Luigi Tunto, labourer, 53 years old)
- hit by the arm of a crane (Ye Hegen, carpenter, 34 years old)
- falling into the void of an elevator (Pietro Novaldi, labourer, 50 years old)
- heat-stroke (C.Petru, labourer, 48 years old)
- squashed by a metal platform (Maurizio Piteo, labourer, 37 years old)
- sucked in to a well by rain water (Bogdan Mihalcea, labourer, 24 years old)
- suffocated in a fire in a mattress factory (Giovanna Curcio, factory worker, 15 years old)
- for the collapse of a motorway support pillar (Antonio Veneziano, labourer, 25 years old)
- pierced by a metal tool (Andrea Cesario, labourer, 24 years old)
- churned up by the blades of a concrete mixer (Salvatore Cordella, labourer, 33 years old)
- head injury from a nail shot out from a pistol (Luigi Bonis, labourer, 23 years old)
- falling from a ladder (Fernando Prete, painter, 55 years old)
- knocked over by a 10 ton bar (Benedetto Saponaro, labourer, 28 years old)
- for inhaling gas (Gianni Truffa, labourer, 30 years old)
- buried alive by a landslide (Nuzio Minardi, 69 years old, Valentin Karri, 27 years old, labourers)
- knocked down by a tree trunk (Maddalozzo Mauro, labourer, 35 years old)
- knocked over by a load of gravel (Marcello Tornado, entrepreneur, 33 years old)
- hit by a mechanical spade (Antonio Zeoli, labourer, 57 years old).

In Afghanistan and in Lebanon there’s less risk and there’s more to gain. And with a bank robbery or robbing a petrol station (with or without homicide) there’s really no risk at all.

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Let me just say that nobody should venture a guess as to how, why, where, what or when. It's not right. Fact is if most paid more attention to the way these tragic stories are reported. The world would have no problem seeing that EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE hints in a very small way that the employee might be at fault. And where does this information come from? The company spokesperson. And that is exactly how they want it. As it keeps the public from seeing the need for concern. The truth of it all is so many of those who are concerned do little more than express their opinions and fall short when it comes to acting on them. If change is what we desire then we should be doing everything we can to ensure change happens.
Opportunity awaits.
Workers Memorial Day is April 28

Posted by: Mary Vivenzi | March 4, 2008 12:48 PM


Let me just say that nobody should venture a guess as to how, why, where, what or when. It's not right. Fact is if most paid more attention to the way these tragic stories are reported. The world would have no problem seeing that EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE hints in a very small way that the employee might be at fault. And where does this information come from? The company spokesperson. And that is exactly how they want it. As it keeps the public from seeing the need for concern. The truth of it all is so many of those who are concerned do little more than express their opinions and fall short when it comes to acting on them. If change is what we desire then we should be doing everything we can to ensure change happens.

Opportunity awaits
Workers Memorial Day is April 28

Posted by: Mary Vivenzi | March 4, 2008 12:46 PM


Thank You for putting this out here for the world to see.
Mary
Please note that another very good preventive measure for avoiding workplace incidents is to learn from the past. April 28 is Workers Memorial Day together we can build change by taking part in local events and/or creating your own event we can educate the public while honoring the memories of our fallen in a global effort to transform tragedy into prevention for the world wide workforce
Mary Vivenzi Mvivenzi@usmwf.org
United Support & Memorial
For Workplace Fatalities
http://www.usmwf.org

Posted by: Mary Vivenzi | February 18, 2008 05:03 AM


Enrichetto Rossiccio,

You really think you are "inflicting punishment" on anyone!???

HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

All you've been saying is "SNERT SNERT SNERT..."

which only demonstrates you have the argumentative ability of a demented kindergarten child.

And you're even proud of such an accomplishment!!

HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Dave Matthews | December 16, 2006 05:33 PM


Paola: it really doesn't matter how many names this SNERT is using because he's willing to use the whole encyclopedia plus some. In the end he's always at the losing end of the argument and keeps coming back for more punishment. Sad, but only Beppe can put an end to this psycho.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | December 14, 2006 12:55 PM


Eva,
I know how it feels...:o)) My brother lives in Brasil and he says the same thing about Christmas but he,like you, is always joking..:o)))


As for the SNERT next time he has better choose between ESWED or AHBAL instead of AMMAR (out of respect to those dead people with whom he has nothing to do.....)

ps.Check out the meaning of the names you use first, because all arabic names have a meaning SNERT...!!!

Posted by: paola filinesi | December 14, 2006 10:38 AM


Paola I have to practice my english writing,what better excuse then have a go to anybody that write stupid things,there is where I can practice the most,I can go on writing wherever came to my mind,by the way I am cooking,today is very very hot,another Christmas donw under,love to have a white Christmas for a change,instead we go to the beach to surf,what a terrible live,.......just joking of course,

Posted by: evakulnura | December 14, 2006 10:03 AM


As for the "header"...(!!) I agree with Enrico since it happens in many countries where either regulations are non existant or non practiced...
:o((

Posted by: paola filinesi | December 14, 2006 01:43 AM


Enrico , Eva,

Be careful...!!! You are falling into a trap....

PROSOHI !!!!

Posted by: paola filinesi | December 14, 2006 01:35 AM


Joseph and Ammar ,hum ...... twin brother,or at least cousins,if so isn't callous what you wrote about this souls? we came to me it seems you guys or guy only,been born how we say in Italy "with the shirt on" meaning you had a good start in life,and you had all the you need it and more,in this world not many are as fortunate,and they choice are very very limited,plllllllleeeeeeaaaaaaaaseee,before write any bullshit think about if you were in their position , how wood you feel about,ciao

Posted by: evakulnura | December 13, 2006 11:46 PM


Ammar: I disagree that it's a matter of being "at the wrong place at the wrong time". These deadly accidents are the byproduct of the lack of regulations. Many entrepreneurs are more than willing to risk their employee's lives if they can save a couple of bucks. The much touted competitive environment is highly conducive to this type of criminal behavior.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | December 13, 2006 05:51 PM


From my own personal point of view , I think that those labourers may chose the wrong path in life and where at the wrong place at the wrong time , So I think its a mixture of destiny and chance.

I dont think what you said about Lebanon is true , Police are present there and they are trying their best to preserve security; Its just that Lebanon as you are aware is a special country with special circumstances in the Middle East.

Posted by: Ammar from Jordan | December 13, 2006 05:28 PM


We can say it's decree of fate? we can say unawareness of the workers? uneducated...any way ..God bless their souls.

Joseph from Egitto

Posted by: Joseph | December 13, 2006 11:19 AM


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