More than three people a day. It is the average number of deaths at work in 2022, a number that has returned to pre-pandemic levels. There are 1090 according to the Inail surveys as of 31 December 2022. In 2021 there were 1,221, but there are so many deaths from Covid in that year that there are not in the following year. The number is back in line with those of 2019, the last year before the pandemic. There are 180 fewer cases than in 2020, 1,270 deaths, and one more than in the January-December 2019 period, 1,089 deaths at work.
Last year, 697,773 injury reports were filed at work with an increase of more than 25% over the previous year. There is an increase in reported occupational diseases: 60,774 (+9.9%).
The increase in workplace accidents reported in 2022 is linked to both female component, which records a greater percentage increase equal to +42.9%, both for men, but to a lesser extent, given that it has +16%. Almost half of the cases are in the 40-59 age group.
What about 2023? In the first quarter, 136 people died at work. Again according to Inail data, more than one a day. And in a single day, May 25, 5 people died. A 60-year-old worker lost his life after falling from scaffolding on a construction site in Macherio, in the province of Monza. In just one day he was the third dead in Lombardy and the fifth in Italy.
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A 25-year-old worker, originally from Bangladesh, died in a company in Trezzano sul Naviglio, in the Milan area, crushed by an industrial machine. It was his first day at the plant. A 33-year-old man instead lost his life in Cerreto, in the province of Brescia. The 33-year-old was crushed by a tree. In Sardinia, at the Portoscuso eco-centre in Sulcis, a man fell into a waste compactor. The fifth victim is in Rende, in the province of Cosenza: a 62-year-old man fell from a scaffolding while he was busy painting.