Israeli Laborer Killed in 80th Fatal Work Accident This Year

72-year-old was hit by a bulldozer in a factory yard in Haifa

A bulldozer at a work site in Modi'in, 2018.
Gil Cohen Magen

A 72-year-old Israeli was killed Tuesday when he was hit by a bulldozer during excavations in the yard of a factory in Haifa.

Fuad Maraw'a, resident of the northern Israeli city of Carmiel, is the 80th person killed in a work-related accidents since the start of the year. This is a significant increase from 2018, where 70 workers were killed in total.

The accident took place in the yard of the Shoshani & Weinstein factory. A Magen David Adom paramedic who arrived at the scene, Shlomi Oziel, said Maraw'a was pronounced dead at the scene.

Over the 24 hours before Maraw'a's death, two other work-related accidents took place. Tuesday morning a worker was moderately injured at a construction site in Jerusalem. Monday night a worker was seriously injured after falling from up high while working on the Tel Aviv light rail at a construction site managed by Solel Boneh.

Dr. Hadas Tagri, director of the Coalition Against Construction Site Accidents, said, "the number of deadly work accidents continues to increase, particularly in the areas of industry and commercial projects, in light of the paralysis of the Knesset and government offices."

"Despite achievements won in the struggle against work accidents, routine carnage and injury of workers doesn't receive wide public attention. The frequent deaths and injuries of workers is a routine of a couple of news tickers a day."

In November of 2018, the Labor Ministry, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Construction signed agreements to improve safety regulations at building sites. The agreement was supposed to tighten oversight in safety matters and impose stricter punishments on violations. Though the agreements were supposed to go into effect immediately, a Haaretz investigation in May of this year found that most of the clauses of the agreement were never enacted.