He fell from a scaffold. Sinisa Brankovic, a 40-year-old Bosnian supervisor for a foreign firm, was killed just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the shipyard in Ponzano, outside of Venice.
Work immediately halted across Fincantieri, the Trieste-based shipbuilder, as employees went on a massive, spontaneous strike, revealing the cohesion of the company’s contract workers. The company employees in their blue coveralls assembled side by side with Bengalis, Balkans and other foreigners. In the end, they decided to donate one hour of work to the Brankovic family. At the Italian Labor Union (UIL) conference, at Villa Manin in Passariano, the secretary general offered a minute of silence at commencement.
The accident is still under investigation, but the preliminary reports suggest that Brankovic was at a construction site where they were building new structures used for painting large ships. While moving along a scaffold in the roof of the structure under construction, his safety harness came loose, he lost his balance and fell 20 yards. He died on impact. In a statement, Fincantieri said Brankovic was employed by a specialized company and working in a role in keeping with his 20 years of experience.