Construction Worker Killed in Accident at West Bank Settlement, Bringing Laborers' Death Toll to 48

58-year-old Gavriel Cohen was critically injured in a fall from ladder and died a day later

Lee Yaron
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A construction site in Jerusalem where a work accident took place, February 2019.
A construction site in Jerusalem where a work accident took place, February 2019.Credit: Emil Salman
Lee Yaron

A worker died on Wednesday after being injured in an accident during renovations in the settlement of Neriya in the West Bank’s Mateh Binyamin region.

He was the 48th construction worker to be killed in a work accident since the start of the year. The deceased, Gavriel Cohen, 58, of Mevo Horon, another West Bank settlement, was critically injured on Tuesday when he fell from a ladder. He was taken to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer in Ramat Gan with a serious head injury and died the next day. 

Safety legislation does not apply to West Bank settlements, so the safety administration of the Labor and Welfare Ministry does not conduct worker safety inspections there, essentially leaving the area free from oversight.

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At the start of the week, another worker was killed in the Umm Tuba neighborhood of East Jerusalem when the forklift he was on overturned.

Three more people were injured in work accidents on Tuesday and Wednesday. One was seriously wounded by an iron rod that struck his head at a construction site in Mazkeret Batya in central Israel.

Another worker was moderately injured when he fell from a roof onto a metal fence at a construction site on Haharsit Street in Jerusalem, and another man was cut by a disc grinder while carrying out renovations in Safed.