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July 16, 2015

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11 ex-Pirelli bosses convicted of manslaughter over asbestos deaths

Eleven former managers, including two ex-CEO’s, of Italian tyre giant Pirelli have been convicted of manslaughter over the deaths of some 20 workers who were exposed to asbestos at the firm’s factory in Milan.

A court in Milan gave the managers jail terms of up to seven years and eight months.

All eleven were Pirelli board members between 1979 and 1989 when, prosecutors said, workers were exposed to asbestos.

Lawyers for Pirelli have said they will appeal against the convictions, saying that they were confident in how managers responded “on the basis of scientific evidence available to date”.

All the workers died from tumours or lung disease that prosecutors said was linked to asbestos exposure.

Relatives for a number of the victims were in court and welcomed the convictions.

Speaking to Italian news agency ANSA they were quoted as saying: “We showed that when you are united, you can win,” adding “This time, the bosses have been convicted.”

Most families have already settled compensation claims out of court, Italian media report, although the court awarded more than €500,000 in damages to one family and other injured parties.

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In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

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