Prato, May 5, 2021 – Everyone is in shock over the tragic death of Luana D’Orazio, 22-year-old worker, mother of a 5-year-old child, crushed by a warping machine in the textile company of Host of Montemurlo in which he had worked for over a year. Under shock the community of Montemurlo, under shock Agliana where Luana lived with her parents and brother, the textile district of Meadow which in a few months records the second death of a worker after that of Sabri Jaballah, also 22 years old, also crushed by a machine in the factory. And growing emotion throughout Italy, where the tragedy of Luana yesterday continued to occupy a large part of the public debate, once again dealing with work, safety in the workplace, deaths caused by work. A kind of awakening of consciences.
L’Warping Luana, a company that shares the same name with the killed worker, was closed yesterday. Machines stopped, in a strange silence interrupted only by a second inspection by the technicians of the ASL safety department, who are working to reconstruct the dynamics of the accident and understand what went wrong. Why did the warper safety device not come into operation, blocking the rotation of the beam that Luana instead dragged behind? Two machines were seized: the one that killed the worker and another, similar to the first, present in the same company. It will be used to make a comparison and evaluate differences in operation. A delicate investigation, which will largely pass from technical findings, and whose first findings were delivered yesterday to the prosecutor Giuseppe Nicolosi and to pm Massimo Petrocchi. Meanwhile, they have taken steps to register the owner of the warping in the register of suspects (defended by the lawyer Alberto Rocca) with the hypothesis of the crime of manslaughter. “We are working to understand if and what did not work in the machinery, including the safety photocell. We have received the findings and in the next few hours we will appoint experts for the technical checks on the documents collected by the judicial police”, explained Nicolosi. “We hope to be able to carry out an autopsy on the young woman’s body soon – he added – for which we have already given a mandate”.
On the one hand the investigation, on the other the reactions of politics, at all levels. Starting with the tallest ones. So much so that yesterday morning an opening of the work of the Labor and Constitutional Affairs commissions of the Senate, the parliamentarians commemorated Luana and urged the start of the work in the Senate of the single-chamber commission of inquiry on working conditions in Italy, unanimously voted more than one year ago from the hall of Palazzo Madama. The assembled commissions asked the presidents of the two commissions, Matrisciano and Parrini, to speak out for the request with President Casellati. While the Minister of Labor Andrea Orlando yesterday afternoon received the Anmil delegation led by the national president Zoello Forni to take stock of the most critical issues regarding the protection of victims of work and prevention, starting from the urgency to follow up on a thorough and general revision of the Consolidated Law on insurance against accidents at work and occupational diseases. The former prime minister Giuseppe Conte also spoke on the issue, recalling how the tragedy of Luana cannot leave indifferent and relaunched the idea of rewriting the 1970 Workers’ Statute. Among the many comments, also that of the leader della Lega, Matteo Salvini: “Safety at work, thorough checks, respect for the rules: other than workers’ day”, these must be priorities for everyone. Meanwhile, two fundraisers have been launched for Luana D’Orazio’s family and above all for her child who was left without a mother: the first is from the Municipality of Montemurlo, the second from Anmil.
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