Factory worker killed by crane hook in Italy

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A 41-year-old factory worker was killed by a crane hook at the port area of Ortona near Chieti in Abruzzo in the latest in a long and shocking spate of fatal workplace accidents in Italy on Tuesday (8th Nov).

The crane hook knocked the worker into the sea as he was working on a pontoon operated by the Micoperi firm. He was hit in the head. The man was rushed to hospital in Pescara where he died at the A&E.

Successive governments have repeatedly vowed action to boost worker safety but the workplace deaths keep happening. Trade unions recently protested saying there were more than three workplace accident deaths in Italy a day.

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