Chinese Worker Dies at Central Israel Building Site After Falling Five Stories

Victim was the seventh construction worker to die in Israel since the start of the year.

The construction site in Ashdod where a Chinese worker fell five stories to his death, February 21, 2016.
Ilan Assayag

A 51-year-old construction worker from China fell five stories to his death at a building site in Ashdod Sunday morning. The police are investigating the incident.

The Magen David Adom ambulance team that responded to an emergency call received at 11:35 A.M. tried and failed to resuscitate the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Benny Manela, a volunteer from United Hatzalah who also reported to the scene told reporters that the victim was unconscious, not breathing and had no pulse after falling from scaffolding at the site.

Israel Brothers, a Jerusalem-based developer, is building a residential project at the site. The company’s Ashdod office said in a statement that the project manager was not at the site at the time of the accident.

The Israel Police said that in addition to conducting their own investigation, the force submitted an accident report to the Economy Ministry.

In January six construction workers died in workplace accidents in Israel, twice the monthly average for the past five years.