Report: Italy sees work-related injuries drop, deaths rise

Healthcare workers were the most affected by the outbreak with 70% of accidents reported since the pandemic began. [Shutterstock/Alessia Pierdomenico]

Fewer work-related injuries were recorded in Italy last year, mainly due to people being forced to work from home during the pandemic, while deaths at work increased, also due to the pandemic, according to the annual report of the National Insurance Institute against Accidents at Work (Inail) presented Monday.

Last year, 571,000 accident reports were presented to the institute, 11.4% fewer than in 2019. A quarter were related to COVID-19 cases in the workplace. There were 375,000 injuries, almost 10% fewer than the previous year, but fatalities were up 27.6% to 1,538, mainly due to the pandemic which caused more than a third of total work deaths.

Healthcare workers were the most affected by the outbreak with 70% of accidents reported since the pandemic began.

“Our constitution guarantees protection to all workers and all work activities while the accident insurance is still reserved for specific individuals. We need to remove these discriminations. It is time for a profound revision towards the complete socialisation of risk and towards the universality of insurance coverage”, said Labour Minister Andrea Orlando.

(Daniele Lettig | EURACTIV.it)

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