Report: Crane Collapse Kills a Worker in Northern Israel

10 others trapped workers were rescued from the tunnel; four of them sustained minor to moderate injuries, authorities say ■ Police to investigate the incident with an investigator from the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry

The site of the tunnel where a worker was killed today.
Gil Eliyahu

A worker in his thirties was killed Friday morning after a crane collaped on a tunnel in northern Israel, the local rescue authorities reported. According to the police, 10 more workers who were trapped in the tunnel were rescued; four of them sustained minor to moderate injuries and received medical treatment at the scene.

The police closed the site and have opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident in cooperation with an accident investigator from the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry. There have been two previous accidents, in 2015 and 2016, in which workers were killed.  

The incident occurred during pumping and drainage work, according to Magen David Adom rescue services. Two of the wounded were taken to Haemek Hospital in the north. 

The construction site is owned by Electra and Shikun & Binui. This is the seventh fatal accident at an Electra work site since 2015, and the fifth accident related to Solel Boneh, a subsidairy of the Housing and Construction Ministry. Both companies declined to respond to a request made by Haaretz.