According to data collected by Inail (National Institute for Insurance against Workplace Accidents), in the first eight months of the year, injuries recorded in the construction sector remain stable compared to the same period in 2022, just over a thousand. However, this data only considers reported accidents in a sector where illegal labor is still prevalent. From January to August, there have been 42 workplace fatalities in Sicily. The president of Inail, Giovanni Asaro, criticized these “intolerable numbers” during the first day of the European Week for Safety at Work. In a meeting in Palermo, Inail, along with Panormedil Cpt and the Order of Engineers, discussed the use and added value of new technological tools to reduce the risk of accidents in the workplace, as well as strategic proposals for prevention and training to address the crisis of workplace fatalities. Asaro emphasized the importance of respecting rules and promoting a culture of prevention. He also suggested incorporating new technologies such as exoskeletons, sensors, and appropriate scaffolding. The tireless campaign to raise awareness about workplace safety continues, as some entrepreneurs often disregard it in an attempt to save costs. However, Gaetano Scancarello, president of Panormedil Cpt, highlights that investing in safety ultimately saves more money. Replacing an injured worker becomes a problem, and companies need peace of mind. The goal is to convince as many people as possible that safety is actually a cost-saving measure.
In Sicilia si continua a morire di lavoro, 42 vittime in 8 mesi: «Numeri intollerabili»