A 40-year-old woman has died after getting dragged into a cutting machine at a packaging plant in Italy.
The victim, named as Laila El Harim, originally from Morocco, was reportedly operating a die-cutting machine at the Bombonette packaging plant in the town of Camposanto in the northern Italian province of Modena when the accident occurred on 3rd August.
Colleagues raised the alarm and a team of medics and local police officers arrived on the scene, however the woman had already passed away.
Following the death of the 41-year-old victim, the public prosecutor’s office in Modena launched a manslaughter investigation and the machine in question was seized by officers.
The local authorities will also carry out a full check of the facilities to make sure appropriate safety measures are in place.
The full circumstances leading up to the accident have yet to be confirmed by investigators.
El Harim had lived in Italy for over 20 years and had an Italian partner and a four-year-old daughter.
She had only just started her shift when she got caught in the cutting machine, according to the news site La Stampa.
The young mother had been working for Bombonette for two months and was said to be thrilled about getting the job.
She lived 10 minutes away from her workplace in the town of Bastiglia.
The company, which specialises in food packaging products, was reportedly founded by Fiano Setti, a well-known entrepreneur from Modena Province.
The investigation into the mother’s death is ongoing.
According to the National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work (Inail), the number of workplace accidents in the services industry increased by 6.7 percent during the first half of 2021 when compared to the year before.
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