Worker Killed in 18th Death This Year on Israeli Construction Sites

The accident in Ramat Hasharon occurred when a formwork, a mold into which concrete is poured, fell and struck the man

A construction worker was killed Sunday in an accident at a building site in Ramat Hasharon, which was ordered closed immediately after the accident. The man, 30, was declared dead at the scene by Magen David paramedics after a heavy object fell on him.

This is the 18th fatality at a construction site this year.

The accident in Ramat Hasharon occurred when a formwork, a mold into which concrete is poured, fell and struck the man.

The construction site belongs to El Har Engineering and Construction, a company owned by the Kardan Group.

Two more accidents occurred at building sites on Sunday, injuring two construction workers, one near Modi’in where a worker was moderately injured in a fall, and the other in Jerusalem, where a construction worker in his fifties was moderately injured when a wall fell on him.

Attorney Hadas Tagari, who heads a coalition of organizations fighting construction site accidents, visited the Ramat Hasharon site after the fatal accident. “This is a large site with a number of structures. Palestinian and Chinese laborers are employed here. The Chinese workers sat silent and depressed on the sidewalk. They said they don’t speak Hebrew or English and they gave no information about the victim.” Tagari said there were police and ambulances at the site.

Over the past two years, two workers were killed at an Azrieli Tower construction site at Sarona in Tel Aviv. That site also belongs to El-Har. In early August 2016, Yunus Uzamir was killed when a formwork fell on him. In late July 2015, a construction worker was killed in a fall from the 35th floor to the 19th floor at the site.

Shortly after the fatal accident In Ramat Hasharon, Magen David Adom received word that a construction worker had fallen from a height of nine meters near Modi’in, in the Shilat industrial zone. Paramedics treated the man, 48, at the scene and evacuated him to Assaf Harofeh Hospital suffering from injuries to his stomach and extremities.

With regard to the accident at Shilat, the Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services Ministry responded that the building site was unauthorized and not known to the ministry’s safety administration. “An inspector is working at this time in cooperation with the police to collect evidence about the contractor and to make a decision regarding the issuing of the appropriate orders.”

El-Har, the company in charge of the Ramat Hasharon site, responded: “The company closed down the site as required by law and Labor Ministry inspectors and police are there examining the circumstances of the incident. The company strictly observes safety regulations at sites where it operates as required by law. The company also conducts its own inspections by an external safety inspector. We regret the incident and we act and will continue to act as required to prevent such cases.”

Two more work accidents occurred Sunday at factories. In the Galilee town of Migdal Ha’emek a 25-year-old factory worker was injured when he fell from machinery and was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries to his limbs. In the second incident, a 43-year-old worker was injured at a packing house near Lake Agmon in the Upper Galilee.