According to the 2019 Annual report, INAIL recorded just over 405,000 accidents at work last year. This figure is substantially stable compared to 2018 (-0.09%). The number of deaths, 1,156, is down 8.5%. More than one out of every two deaths (57.6%) occurred “outside the company” (traffic, mission and commuting accidents).
With regard to occupational diseases, the 2.9% increase recorded in 2019 compared to 2018 confirms a 40% increase in cases in one decade. In 2019, out of 61,201 reported cases, 36.7% were recognized as being of occupational origin (2.7% still under investigation). As of December 31, 2019, 692,198 pensions were being paid (-2.37% compared to 2018) for disability and survivors, representing 17,400 new beneficiaries.
Moreover, INAIL points out that since January 2020 (Law No. 128 of 2 November 2019) it has been covering delivery drivers and cyclists making home deliveries against occupational accidents, even minor ones, and occupational diseases. The President of the Institute, Franco Bettoni, stresses that Italy is the first country in Europe to have taken this step. He also welcomes the fact that investment in vocational reintegration has increased from €44 000 in 2018 to more than €2.2 million in 2019. 2019 was also the year in which the new company pricing system, which had not changed for 20 years, was put into practice. The operation resulted in a 32.72% reduction in average contribution rates.
As regards the near future, Franco Bettoni said he had made four important commitments: to complete the tariff reform, to improve economic compensation, to continue to strengthen vocational reintegration actions and to extend INAIL’s protection to uninsured persons.