In a devastating incident that shook Italy’s Lombardy region, Giacomo Chiapparini, a revered 75-year-old dairy owner, met a tragic end when he was engulfed by an avalanche of massive cheese wheels. Operating a prominent cheese factory, Chiapparini’s fate took a grim turn as a shelf collapse triggered a cascade of 40kg Grana Padano cheese wheels.
Thousands of these wheels tumbled, entombing Chiapparini within his own warehouse. Despite the valiant efforts of rescue teams over 12 grueling hours, Chiapparini couldn’t be saved from the weighty debris. The incident not only claimed a life but also left a $11.7 million wake of destruction, encompassing the lost cheese inventory and the shattered facility.
Chiapparini’s story is a poignant reminder to ensure safety in your workspace. To safeguard against unforeseen mishaps, contact IRIA today on 1300 136 649 and have your professional racking inspected every 12 months. It’s a small effort that can make a monumental difference.