An Italian cheesemaker, Giacomo Chiapparini, was tragically killed when more than 15,000 wheels of cheese fell on top of him in his company’s warehouse. The incident occurred at Chiapparini’s dairy plant in Romano di Lombardia, near Bergamo. Chiapparini, who was 74 years old at the time, had received multiple awards for his high-quality cheese.
The horrifying accident took place on a Sunday evening when Chiapparini was inside the warehouse repairing a machine. A metal shelving unit suddenly collapsed, triggering a chain reaction that caused the other nine rows of shelves to topple over. The noise alerted Chiapparini’s son and some of his employees, who rushed to the warehouse. To their horror, they discovered that more than 15,000 wheels of cheese had crashed to the ground.
Each wheel of cheese weighed around 40kg (88lbs), making it an arduous task for rescuers to remove them. Firefighter Antonio Dusi reported that they worked tirelessly throughout the night to manually lift the heavy wheels of cheese one by one.
Tragically, Chiapparini’s lifeless body was found the following morning. He had been swept away by the avalanche of cheese, landing 12 meters (39 feet) away from the machine he was working on.
The Chiapparini company, established in 2006, specialized in producing Grana Padano cheese, and it had gained renown for its exceptional products. The company took pride in using milk from their own cows, which was processed, matured, and sold on-site at their dairy in Romano di Lombardia. The Chiapparini family also resided at the dairy.
Giacomo Chiapparini is survived by his wife, two children, and grandchildren. His sudden and tragic death has sent shockwaves through the local community and the dairy industry. The loss of a respected cheesemaker who dedicated his life to crafting exceptional cheese has left a void that will be difficult to fill.
The incident serves as a grim reminder of the dangers that can be present even in seemingly innocuous environments such as a dairy warehouse. It highlights the importance of ensuring proper safety measures and protocols are in place to prevent such accidents from occurring. For the Chiapparini family and the dairy industry as a whole, this tragic incident will undoubtedly be a wake-up call to prioritize safety and prevent similar incidents in the future.
As news of Chiapparini’s untimely death spread, condolences poured in from all corners of Italy. The loss of such an esteemed cheesemaker has left a void not only in his family but also in the Italian culinary world. Chiapparini’s dedication to producing high-quality cheese will be remembered and cherished by those who had the privilege of enjoying his creations.