Woman killed after getting dragged into industrial cutting machine at sweet packaging factory in Italy
A MUM has died after getting dragged into an industrial cutting machine at a sweet packaging factory in Italy.
The victim, named as Laila El Harim, was reportedly operating a die-cutting machine at the start of her shift on Tuesday when she became caught up in it.
Colleagues at the Bombonette packaging plant in Camposanto quickly raised the alarm and a team of medics and police officers rushed to the scene, but Laila had already passed away.
Following the 40-year-old’s death, the public prosecutor’s office in Modena launched a manslaughter investigation, and the machine in question was seized by officers.
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.
Laila, originally from Morocco, had lived in Italy for more than 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, which was 10 minutes from where she lived in the town of Bastiglia.
Bombonette, 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 per cent during the first half of 2021 when compared to the year before.