Proceedings of the

The 33rd European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2023)
3 – 8 September 2023, Southampton, UK

Injuries at Work: A Methodology for Outlining and Analyzing the ``Seveso Sector''

Carla Simeonia, Annalisa Nebbiosob, Alessandro Di Francescoc, Piero Iaconod, Maria Rosaria Vallerotondae and Annalisa Pironef

Istituto Nazionale per l'assicurazione contro gli infortuni sul lavoro, Italy,


The "Seveso" legislation aims at the prevention of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances in industrial plants, based on well-defined thresholds and in this field most of the studies and publications focus on environmental or plant-engineering problems, while the aspects connected to workers are not always evident. Instead, this paper wants to focus on the workers and it wants to allow to find this hidden dimension by applying a specific methodology. Through the use and the processing of appropriate statistical data and information, contained in several databases, the main variables connected with the injuries occurred in "Seveso" field are analysed.

The developed methodology aims to carry out an analysis of injuries that occurred in this sector, which was properly articulated by the authors in four areas: production and distribution of metals, chemical industry, storage, depots and distribution, other activities.

Moreover, it allows to overcome difficulties caused by the transversality of the ATECO codes, i.e. the Italian classification for economic activities arising from the NACE nomenclature created by Eurostat: the dangerous substances indicated in the Seveso Directive, in fact, are present in several industrial processes that fall into different sectors of economic activities, and the most of them are not subject to the Seveso legislation.

In this paper the results of the analysis carried out for the period 2017-2020 will be presented.

Keywords: Injuries at work, Seveso, Statistical characterization of injuries.

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