Construction Worker Dies in Fall at Israel’s Biggest Port

Fatality at Ashdod port in southern Israel is brings total death toll for construction workers in 2020 to 40

Almog Ben Zikri
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The Ashdod port after the accident, on Friday, September 4, 2020.
The Ashdod port after the accident, on Friday, September 4, 2020.Credit: Coalition against construction and factory accidents
Almog Ben Zikri

A 48-year-old construction worker died in an accident on Friday when he fell from high up while working at Israel's largest port in Ashdod. He was the 40th construction worker to die at a construction site since the beginning of the year in Israel.

An initial investigation found that the man was working on dismantling a crane in the port when he fell. Police have opened an investigation into the accident, in conjunction with an inspector from the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry.

“This is the third fatal work accident in the Ashdod port within a year,” Hadas Tagari, director of the coalition against construction accidents, said on Friday.

“After a fatal accident in February 2019, the coalition asked the Labor Ministry to tighten its supervision in the port, but it seems the lessons of the previous accidents have not been learned,” she added.

Earlier on Thursday, a 37-year-old construction worker was killed after being struck by a heavy object at a construction site in Nitzana in the Negev desert.

The worker, Atwa Abu Arar from the town of Arara in southern Israel, was married and had six children. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a Magen David Adom medical team, which was aided by an IDF medical unit.