Ex-Grandi Motori managers in asbestos death probe in Italy

Four suspects face eight possible manslaughter charges

Ex-Grandi Motori managers in asbestos death probe in Italy

Trieste, January 15 - Four ex-managers of the Trieste-based marine and industrial engines manufacturer Grandi Motori were officially placed under investigation Tuesday over the death of eight company workers from pleural mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos between 1971 and 2000. The suspects - the general director from 1970-1977, president and CEO from 1977 to 1984, general director and CEO of Fincantieri (GM division) from 1984 to 1992 and a member of the Fincantieri board of directors from 1984 to 1994 - face possible charges of manslaughter and negligent cooperation for allegedly failing to take measures to isolate or replace the asbestos and for failing to properly inform workers about and protect them from the risks. The eight employees who died from so-called asbestos cancer worked in various factory departments. Meanwhile Trieste prosecutors are pursuing separate investigations into a further six deaths from pleural mesothelioma involving GM workers, including three recent cases.

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