Construction worker dies in Haifa
A 36-year-old construction worker died on Wednesday after falling 6 meters (20 feet) at a construction site in Haifa.
First responders found the worker lying unconscious with a head injury. After resuscitation efforts failedthey pronounced him dead at the scene.
The worker fell from the roof of a building in Haifa’s industrial zone.
Deaths of construction workers in Israel are common, largely due to poorly enforced safety codes.
Last month, two men died from the 40th floor of a building under construction in Tel Aviv.
It was the third time in recent years that construction workers had been killed when mechanical scaffolding platforms collapsed.
Last week, the cabinet approved a plan to phase out Haifa’s industrial zone, which health officials say poses a health hazard. The area includes several large factories, including the largest oil refinery in the country.
The government will adopt the recommendations of a committee of senior officials who last year recommended that all petrochemical activity in the industrial zone be halted within a decade, at most. Instead, the state will invest billions of NIS in new housing projects, environmentally friendly jobs, and improved public transportation.