Two Construction Workers Killed in Israel

One laborer was electrocuted and another fell to his death in the latest casualties in the construction industry.

A laborer at a construction site in Ashkelon.
Ilan Assayag

Two construction workers were killed on Sunday morning in accidents in Rishon Lezion and Afula. An 18-year-old man from the Galilee village of Arabeh was electrocuted at a building site in the northern town of Afula. Another man fell to his death in Rishon LeZion.

Emergency medical crews evacuated the electrocuted man to a hospital in the city while trying to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead on arrival. According to a preliminary inquiries he was electrocuted while handling a plastering machine. The police have opened an investigation.

“When we arrived at the scene we were led to a worker who was unconscious,” said Magen David Adom paramedic Gili Beilin-Yaakov. “We were told that he’d been electrocuted. He had no pulse and wasn’t breathing... We evacuated him in critical condition to the hospital for further treatment.” The man was pronounced dead at the hospital.

In another incident in Rishon Lezion, a worker at a construction site fell and died, reported the coastal district police. The man’s identity has not yet been determined and the police are investigating.

According to a report by the Knesset Research and Information Center, obtained by Haaretz, 60 percent of those who died in work-related accidents this year have been construction workers. There is only one supervisor for every 700 sites, and only 52 percent of all sites have ever been inspected for safety. A total of 184 people died in construction-related accidents between 2010 and 2015, leading to 100 criminal investigations, but only 11 led to indictments.