A Beretta a day keeps the dead at work away

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Beretta: Fatal accidents at work, in italy 50% are in transit

Maurizio Beretta

Maurizio Beretta is a former journalist of the regime. Maurizio continues to disinform for the Confindustria in his new role as Director General. Those who die at work transformed into a war of numbers. A cut of 374 who died at work, a falsified comparison with other European States, transforming those who die in a construction site into traffic accidents. A link disappeared from the Inail website. The game is done. The dead person no longer exists and Italy is in the forefront of safety at work. Marco Bazzoni, the workers’ representative for safety, responds to Beretta point by point. Lie by lie.
Read the book "Morti Bianche" {Dead at work} by Samanta Di Persio that is available on the blog at a freely chosen price.

Respected Director General of the Confindustria, Maurizio Beretta,
Reading the news item yesterday by the Asca agency: "INCIDENTI LAVORO: BERETTA, 500 MORTI L'ANNO. MENO DI FRANCIA E GERMANIA", {accidents at work: Beretta, 500 die each year, less than in France and in Germany}, and watching the videoon YouTube "Beretta: Morti sul lavoro, in Italia il 50% in itinere" {Beretta, dead at work in Italy 50% in transit},
I would like to say to you, as I have said once (always by letter) to the Minister of Labour Maurizio Sacconi, that it is absolutely not true that 50% of the fatal accidents at work are in transit, that is on the journey home/work – work/home, but that is much less.
At the following link, there was publication of the data of the last 10 years about accidents at work, thus including those on the journey to and from work (fatal or otherwise).
http://www.inail.it/repository/ContentManagement/node/N670419722/Andamento_storico.pdf
However, now, “strangely”, it is no longer possible to open this table. Is this a coincidence? However, no problem, I had made a copy at the appropriate time of the of the fatal accidents on the journey to and from work.
1997 (1392, in transit 104, with a percentage of 7.5%).
- 1998 (1442, in transit 104, with a percentage of 7.2 %),
- 1999 (1393, in transit 102, with a percentage of 7.3 %),
- 2000 (1401, in transit 53, with a percentage of 3.8%),
- 2001 (1546, in transit 296, with a percentage of 19.1 %),
- 2002 (1478, in transit 396, with a percentage of 26.8 %),
- 2003 (1445, in transit 358, with a percentage of 24.8 %),
- 2004 (1328, in transit 305, with a percentage of 23 %),
- 2005 (1280, in transit 279, with a percentage of 21.8 %),
- 2006 (1341, in transit 266, with a percentage of 19.8%).

While in relation to the data for the year 2007, the number of fatal accidents was 1210 (provisional data, deaths in transit 296, thus with a percentage of 24.5%
Thus this is far off the data that you supplied which was 50%.
What’s more, it sounds strange to me that the companies invest 12 billion euro in safety at work. I just didn’t know that.
Going back to the fatal accidents on the way to and from work, according to me, it is right that they are considered fatal accidents at work, because a worker is not going to have fun, but is going to work and is coming home from work.
It almost seems that most of the blame for fatal accidents at work is to put on the roads and not on the companies, but things are just not like that, dear Director Beretta.
What’s more, to die in a construction site for a road, is not that one who died at work? Finally, how can you say there are 500 who die at work each year, less than in France and Germany?
You just have to open up the annual report of Inail for the year 2007. Go to page 12 and read what is written in the table "Infortuni mortali avvenuti negli anni 2006-2007 per gestione e tipologia di accadimento:” {fatal accidents in 2006-2007 by management and type of event}: in 2007, it says: fatal accidents at work= 874, and not 500.
Awaiting your reply, greetings.” Marco Bazzoni - workers’ representative for safety. Email: bazzoni_m@tin.it

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Nice try Beretta. I know, you're just trying to make a living and it's not easy to tell the truth when you're working for Confindustria. Actually, I don't even think that truth-telling was a requirement for the job. They love truth-impaired journalists. But I'll give you a tip I got from from Mark Twain's quotations, "Never tell a fish a story when there are people that know your kind of fish."

Posted by: lou pacella | September 2, 2008 02:03 AM


Christina Elisabeth says:

......"We need to ask why governments all over the world attempt to deceive the public with these figures,"

Really, there is not much to it at all; the voting public, in general, does not want to be confused by facts.
They would prefer to cast their ballots based on rumour and innuendo rather than on the actualities.
Sifting through reports and statistics takes time and effort which detracts from the usual focus on the football, paying for stuff bought on credit a year or so ago, watching mind numbing dross on TV, etc.
"Broadacre" thinking requires a certain amount of dedication and effort to non-immediate concerns; capabilities with which your average 'mug punter' is not generally familiar.

Posted by: Rolly Wheeler | September 1, 2008 07:45 AM


Great investigatory work on this Beppe! This is an area where political agendas play out far too much given the effects of workplace deaths on individuals and families.

Even if his statistics were correct 500 a year is still 500 too many.

There is a big problem here in Australia with the calculation of workplace deaths which highlights the political nature of the issue. Each Australian state/territory (8 jurisdictions in total) has its own occupational health and safety department and collects its own data on workplace deaths. The issue is that because of this there are 8 different definitions of terms such as 'employee' which makes coming up with uniform statistics impossible. Alongside this, only compensated deaths are counted, that is, deaths for which compensation has been claimed by family members of the deceased - this immediately leaves out those individuals who are self-employed, who have no beneficiaries to receive their compensation benefits, and whose families have not claimed funeral expenses from the authority.

There are also no longitudinal statistics on workplace deaths that are not traumatic (i.e. falling from a height, being crushed) e.g. deaths by occupational disease and suicide.

We need to ask why governments all over the world attempt to deceive the public with these figures, either through outright lying or through methodological flaws in statistics collection. There never has been an impetus to truly protect workers, only to protect business. And this mystery 12 billion should be investigated further to see who is benefitting from that.

Posted by: Christina Elisabeth | September 1, 2008 03:28 AM


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