Construction worker, 68, falls dead from crane in Ashkelon

A construction worker died from a crane Monday in Ashkelon, in what a lobby group has called the 12th death in the construction industry since the start of the year.

The 68-year-old man dived 10 meters (about 33 feet) at a site in Ir Hayayin, a new neighborhood under construction in the southern port city.

He was apparently climbing the crane on the 10th floor of the building when he fell.

Magen David Adom first responders who arrived said they found the man unconscious on the 10th floor of the construction site with multiple injuries and showing no vital signs. They pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police opened an investigation.

It is the second death in the new district since the beginning of the year, reported the local branch of the Kan public broadcaster, following the death in January of another construction worker, aged 40.

The latest death is believed to have been an employee of construction company Danya Cebus.

According to the non-governmental lobby group Safe Work in Israel, this is the third worker death at the company since the beginning of last year.

Danya Cebus said in a statement that he was “pained and stunned by the tragic death”, although he claimed he was diligent in maintaining safety standards, Haaretz reported. The company said it would verify how the accident happened.

So far, 24 people have been killed in work accidents in 2022, half of them in the construction industry, SWI said in a statement, accusing the economy and industry ministries of remaining idly instead of advancing safety reforms, including expanding construction safety responsibilities. sites.

The group said there had been a 50% increase in construction worker fatalities in January-April, compared to the same period in 2021. In general, accidents at work increased by 30% during of the first four months of this year compared to the same period in 2021, SWI said.

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