Laborer Electrocuted in Israel, Bringing Annual Count of Work-related Deaths to 46

Qais Khatib from Kalansua is the 26th fatality this year in the construction industry

First responders at a construction site in Yavne, where four workers were killed in a crane collapse, March 19, 2019.
\ Ilan Assayag

A worker from the town of Kalansua died after being electrocuted at a construction site in Kfar Sava.

20-year-old Qais Khatib was the 26th fatality this year in the construction industry and the 46th to die in a work-related accident. Khatib was evacuated to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, but pronounced dead. The circumstances of his death are being investigated.

Qais Khatib

Kav La’oved, the Worker’s Hotline, said that “construction workers continue paying with their lives for the incompetency of the authorities. Lethal accidents are not investigated professionally by the police, and very few cases lead to indictments.”

According to the organization, “850 safety-related injunctions were issued this year, but they have no deterrent effect, as can be witnessed at construction sites which return to operation without correcting underlying faults. As long as these injunctions don’t lead to the taking of disciplinary action by the Registrar of Contractors, as long as heavy fines are not imposed along with these injunctions and as long as sites are not shut down for 30 days, there will be no deterrence and lives will continue to be lost.”