Girl, 15, Suffers Brain Injury Due to Mishap at Construction Site

Victim on respirator in hospital after being hit by falling steel rod; three passersby killed in construction accidents last year

The Jerusalem building site and girls' school where the accident occurred, February 14, 2019.
Emil Salman

A 15-year-old girl was seriously injured by a steel rod that struck her head after it fell from a construction site near her school in Jerusalem.

The girl is on a respirator after being sedated at Hadassah Hospital in Ein Karem.

Police are investigating the incident and have detained the construction site manager.

Three passersby were killed by accidents at construction sites last year.

Professor Yigal Shoshan, chairman of neurosurgery at Hadassah, said, “The girl, who is 15, arrived in the afternoon with a serious injury to her skull and brain and she is now in surgery.”

Yishai Levy, a paramedic from Magen David Adom, said, “I saw the girl lying inside a building on the verge of unconsciousness with a bleeding head wound. I immediately tried to stop the bleeding and she was quickly rushed to the hospital in an intensive care ambulance. … Another girl who apparently witnessed the incident fainted at the scene and was treated at the scene.”

Hadas Tigri, director of an organization fighting accidents caused by construction work, said: “The neglect for safety at construction sites endangers not only their workers but passersby as well.”

Tigri noted the hazards posed by renovation work sites where the public is at risk due to collapsing electric wires as well as other debris.

“The responsibility for preventing danger to the wider public lies with local government authorities, which in most cases shirk this responsibility and fail to take the necessary steps,” she said.