Cheesemaker Dies After 15,000 Cheese Wheels Crush Him

An accident including 15,000 wheels of cheese has buried an Italian cheesemaker.

According to an Italian outlet, Giacomo Chiapparini, who leaves behind two daughters, his wife, and numerous grandkids, was attempting to handle a robot that cleans mature cheese wheels. 

After a shelf collapsed at his business in northern Lombardy Sunday night, firemen discovered 74-year-old Chiapparini dead. The domino effect brought down fifteen thousand wheels of Grana Padano cheese.

Structural fatigue or a technological problem are likely culprits in the collapse of the first metal shelf, although the cause remains unclear.

The Parmigiano Reggiano-like cheese wheels may weigh up to 88 lbs. 

Firefighters and paramedics searched the warehouse all night for the cheesemaker’s body.

Bergamo firefighter Antonio Dusi told reporters that rescuers moved the products and the shelves by hand for 12 hours before finding the Chiapparini the next morning.

According to a report, the Chiapparini firm has been manufacturing Grano Padano since 2006, using milk from its own cattle and selling it via an in-house retail outlet.

Over the course of a year, this farm produces more than 15,000 wheels of Grana Padano from a typical 270 quintals of milk.

His daughter explains that her family has always produced milk. Her father, Giacomo, was the youngest of seven brothers. He worked as a sharecropper with his two brothers and their father for many years until striking out on his own and purchasing a farmhouse and some land. 

In 1977, he ended the working relationship with his brothers, and he went out on his own with 26 cows, an excavator, a tractor, fifty percent of a shed, and some land. Quality accolades came his way as he completed construction on the first shop and began selling raw materials to major processors like Invernizzi and Kraft.