Rome – “Even in the first month of the year the emergency remains and the situation is always alarming. Although Italy is largely in the white zone, the number of victims is almost identical to January 2022. But what is most striking in our mapping is the mortality rate of very young workers. Those who are between the ages of 15 and 24: more than four times higher than that of thirty-year-old, forty-year-old colleagues and more than three times that of fifty-year-olds”.

This is the first comment of the year by Mauro Rossato, President of the Vega Engineering Observatory in Mestre. An analysis, his, which ignores the numbers and which sees in the incidence the true indicator of risk for the workers of our country.

Indeed, in detailing the survey carried out by the Mestre Observatory, it turns out that the incidence of minimum mortality is detected between between 35 and 44 years old, (equal to 0.4 injuries per million employed), while in the younger range, i.e. between 15 and 24 years old, the incidence reaches 4 fatal accidents for every million employed persons, exceeded only by workers over the age of 65 (4,3).

Equally significant is the figure relating to foreigners who died while working: they are 8 out of 34 in total. Here too the analysis of accident incidence clearly reveals how foreigners have a risk of death at work more than double that of Italians. In fact, foreigners register 3.5 deaths for every million employedi, against 1.3 of Italians who lose their lives while working for every million employed.


DEAD. Always at the top of the list with the highest number of victims at work is – inevitably at a statistical level – the region with the highest working population in Italy, i.e. Lombardy (10). Followed by: Piedmont (4), Veneto, Marche and Puglia (3), Umbria, Tuscany, Campania and Emilia Romagna (2), Sardinia, Sicily and Lazio (1).

In the attached report the number of deaths at work province by province.

In the first month of 2023 is the sector Transport and Warehousing a records the highest number of deaths at work: they are 5.

The age group numerically most affected by fatal accidents at work is always the one among 55 and 64 years old (14 out of a total of 34).

There are 2 women who lost their lives while working in January 2023. A worker, on the other hand, lost her life en route, that is, on the way from home to work.

There are 8 foreigners who died while working, while 4 died due to an accident while traveling.

Monday and Wednesday are the days of the week in which the highest number of fatal accidents occurred in the first month of the year: respectively with the 32.4% of total fatal accidents at work and 20.6%.

INJURIES. Accident reports decreased by 31.4% compared to January 2022. In fact, they were 57,583 as of January 2022. In 2023 they dropped to 39,493. And the most evident decline is that observed in the Health sector. Last year they were 9,905 complaints, while in January 2023 they became 1992. Equally important was the decrease recorded in the Transport sector: from 6,247 complaints in January 2022 to 1,591 complaints in 2023.

In the new year’s ranking by sector, the highest number of complaints comes from manufacturing (3,456), followed by health (1,992), transport (1,591), trade (1,512) and construction (1,442).

The accident reports of Italian female workers in the first month of the year were 15,131, those of male colleagues 24,362.

The incidence of fatal accidents indicates the number of workers who die while working in a given area (region or province) for every million employed persons present in the same. This index makes it possible to compare the accident phenomenon between the various regions, even if characterized by a different working population.
The zoning used by the Vega Safety Observatory depicts the accident risk in the Italian regions according to the following color scale.

White: regions with an accident incidence lower than 75% of the national average incidence
Yellow: regions with an accident incidence between 75% of the national average incidence and the national average value
Orange: regions with an accident incidence between the national average value and 125% of the national average incidence
Red: regions with an accident incidence higher than 125% of the national average incidence


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