The incident occurred on Wednesday morning around 10:30 a.m. at a marble manufacturing company in Stalavina, a small village located directly above Verona in northern Italy. The driver was there on behalf of a Dutch company to transport a load of marble slabs to the Netherlands.
The man was tying the load with a rope when the plates separated for an unknown reason. Italian media wrote that part of the cargo ended up on the Dutchman’s head. Emergency responders did everything they could to save his life. Firefighters lifted the panels with a vehicle and pulled the Dutchman out from under the rubble. Then the paramedics began the resuscitation process. However, this was of no use: the man had already died of his wounds.
The tragedy had a major impact on the local population, according to statements made to the Italian media. Local officials said: “We are shocked by this tragedy.” “We stand shoulder to shoulder with our relatives and want to know how this happened.”
Italy has recently suffered from several (fatal) industrial accidents. The Italian newspaper La Piazza wrote: “This is another industrial accident.” The numbers confirm this. In the first six months of this year alone, there were 450 workplace deaths, of which 346 occurred at work and 104 on the way to work. An average of 75 workers die every month. This is more than 1 percent higher than in the same period of the previous year. Overall, the number of industrial accidents in Italy has increased significantly, by about 30 percent.
Local officials are fed up after the drama with the Dutchman. “Men and women are still losing their lives while working. We don’t want any more victims. Work should provide security and peace. “Work should symbolize life, not death.”
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