Three areas the Italian Manufacturing Industry should address to prevent further fatalities. Improved EHS management moreover correlates with stronger financial, reputational and operational performance.
Recent months have seen a long-awaited recovery in Italian manufacturing output. That’s good news for the national economy. The bad news is that this upswing has been marred by a significant rise in fatal accidents. The alarming increase of 35% in the first five months of 2021 is adjusted for man hours worked, so cannot simply be attributed to greater activity compared to the same period last year. That is concerning. Is the haste to make up for lost production time causing companies to slacken attention on safety at work? The reason is likely to be more nuanced since the number of injuries at work has stayed roughly stable over the last 12 months. A look at the circumstances surrounding the fatalities indicates that organisations are not focusing sufficiently on activities with a high-risk potential but are applying a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Furthermore, the need to resume operations at full speed seems to be affecting the care with which activities are planned and carried out – with deadly consequences.
Observing the current situation, the sector should strengthen three critical areas.