Udine, 20 January (askanews) – “Safety in the workplace is a battle of civilization, it is even more so when it involves our students and today’s initiative is a fundamental element that helps us work on the culture of awareness so that it becomes inherent in each of us . The risk, as a country system, is to think that it is sufficient to make rules, indispensable laws which must however be accompanied by a profound awareness of the subject. It is a collective commitment that concerns everyone; it is a challenge that is not limited to one region but involves the entire country and must aim to build a path over the years to overcome the tragedy of the white deaths”. This is one of the concepts expressed by the governor of Friuli Venezia Giulia Massimiliano Fedriga during the round table “School, businesses and culture of safety: remembering to create a safer training and work network”, in the Aula Magna of the Malignani institute in Udine and dedicated to the memory of Lorenzo Parelli one year after the accident that cut short his young life while he was in a company in Udine for an internship. Also present at the event was the president of the Regional Council Piero Mauro Zanin.
“The death of Lorenzo Parelli has deeply affected and marked Friuli Venezia Giulia – added Fedriga – because young people represent our future and it is in no way tolerable that their safety could be endangered during training courses. The document signed this morning, outlining some fixed points to increase the safety of this type of experience, therefore represents the best way to honor Lorenzo’s memory”. The event, moderated by the director of Messaggero Veneto Paolo Mosanghini and promoted by Lorenzo’s parents, Maria Elena and Dino Parelli, saw the participation of representatives of teachers, students, institutions, companies and trade unions and allowed life, thanks to a collective work, a “manifesto” containing the founding principles for implementing the culture of safety.
“The issue of safety in the workplace is fundamental because it affects people’s lives, health but also the dignity – continued the governor – and is part of a wider process that does not end today but must continue with the commitment to everyone: Region, companies, trade unions, students and schools. The regional administration has always worked to protect the safety of students and workers by investing in education, training, work, health, corporate social responsibility and will continue to do so, committing itself to doing more and better. We owe it to Lorenzo and his family, as well as to all the parents who entrust their greatest asset to the institutions of Friuli Venezia Giulia: their sons and daughters ”.
After the opening of the event by Maria Elena and Dino Parelli, the regional councilor for Labour, training, education, research, university and family, Alessia Rosolen, took the floor, who wanted to thank them “for their courage, civic sense and the strength they teach us in this moment of suffering. I am struck by the way in which, from the beginning, Lorenzo’s mother and father faced the tragedy: their clarity and sobriety of thought is admirable with always positive attitudes even if in the pain of the loss”. For Rosolen “it is in circumstances like these that the ability to be a community emerges; every daily action must be a collective responsibility”.
During the round table Rosolen remarked how “the consolidation of the relationship between the school-training system and the productive world is central to the growth of our kids and also passes through the experience in the company. What began with the signing of this memorandum is an articulated path to prevent commemorations like today’s from being limited to being, as President Mattarella was able to say, a ritual or abstract recurrence, but an occasion for recall and reflection so that what happened to Lorenzo cannot and should never happen again. Safety in the workplace is both an obligation and a collective responsibility: a right, a necessity and an imperative duty”.
Confirming what is reported in the document, the councilor specified that “the starting point is the centrality of the student, who must never be considered an expert worker, but a person in training who must learn to understand and overcome the typical difficulties of those finds in a new environment, in this case the corporate one. Schools and training institutions are the natural places from which to start to sow a culture of safety: it is essential that students are placed in contexts that are consistent with their training path and that they are followed closely by people aware of having a great responsibility ”.
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