Rami Ayoub, 43, who fell to his death on Monday while working on a building on Tchernichovsky Street in Haifa. He installed windows in a building on the sixth floor. He lived near the place where he had lost his life, and worked there for many years. Ayoub worked in the Estra office building in the heart of the neighborhood for years, and apparently lost his balance when installing a window on the sixth floor.
"He works in the windows and aluminum business he bought from his father, and now he is mainly involved in installations, and he did all the aluminum work in the building," his brother said. It's the 23rd worker who dies this year.
Attorney Israel Assal, the legal adviser of the Forum for the Prevention of Work Accidents, stated: "In a short period of less than 12 hours, two workers were killed in work accidents. "We still see that Minister Haim Katz and his ministry are making efforts to prevent the next accident," said Assal, "even if 18 supervisors are responsible for 15,000 construction sites, hundreds of indictments can be produced every year against lawbreakers , And to send a clear and clear message to the contractors - the workers' blood is not abandoned. "
A construction worker from China was killed Monday evening at a construction site on the corner of Shahamon Street and Jabotinsky Street in Petach Tikva.
The victim was the 22nd worker to be killed in construction sites since the beginning of 2019. According to MDA's announcement, the worker was injured by a heavy object that fell on him and suffered a severe head injury.
Three weeks ago, a worker from China, who had fallen from five stories, was killed not far away on Magshimim Street in the city.
Damage from a heavy object is the second most common cause of death in construction accidents, after falling from a height.
Construction sites throughout the country were shut down from activity for a few hours a few weeks ago. They were devoted to informational meetings, learning and refinement of safety procedures, but accidents continue but it seems nothing has changed.
Knesset Member Shelly Yachimovich said that it seems that the only lesson of the contractors and entrepreneurs from the terrible slaughter is that they must improve their public relations. According to her, the process of silence is a process of shallow and meaningless public relations.
Until serious financial and criminal sanctions are taken against those at the top of the pyramid, the bloodshed will continue, MK Yachimovich said.
The chairman of the Histadrut, Arnon Bar-David, and the president of the Builders Association of Israel, Raul Sarogo, announced that they had agreed to take steps to improve safety in the industry.
The two men met at the Histadrut House together with other professionals. At the end of the meeting, it was announced that at the end of the week the work would be halted at all its sites throughout the country and would last half a day. During the production of the work, there will be informational sessions, learning and refinement of procedures and safety rules at work.
In addition, it was decided to establish a joint safety committee for the two organizations, which will publish within three weeks a work plan to improve safety in the industry, to promote safety training for employers and employees, to hold information conferences and to work with the government to promote legislation to regulate the safety aspects of the sites, .
"The tragic events in the construction industry are not a heavenly decree, and it will be possible to dramatically reduce the number of casualties in work accidents at construction sites," he said.
The Histadrut also said that "the discussion took place following the large number of work accidents on construction sites where many workers lost their lives and in light of the safety crisis in construction work in recent years."
Four workers were killed by the collapse of parts of a crane at a construction site on Jabotinsky Boulevard in Yavne. A crane of the "Avi Manofim" company collapsed and three workers were killed by parts of it. Another worker was caught on the crane, seriously injured and died of his wounds.
MDA Paramedic Alon Malma said: "This is a large construction site with two residential buildings with a crane in the center. The back of the crane broke apart and collapsed on the ground. Three workers who were nearby were severely injured in all parts of their bodies. During their rescue operations, we carried out medical examinations, but they were without signs of life and we can only determine their death. Another worker was caught on the crane.
Only three days ago there were two fatal accidents on construction sites: In Bnei Brak, an employee from Moldova was killed at Ashtrom's site, which fell into a third-floor shaft. In Petah Tikva, a Chinese worker was killed when he dismantled a scaffold at the site of one tower, and fell from a height of five stories. Both sites were issued with safety orders for 48 hours, despite the Ministry of Labor's promise that the sites would be closed for a month.
Since the beginning of 2018, 57 workers have been killed on construction sites. Sixteen workers have been killed since the beginning of 2019, and 62 workers have been seriously injured. 31% of those killed in the industry are foreign workers, even though their share in total employees is 9%. The number of fatalities in the construction industry is on the rise despite the fact that about six months ago, the Histadrut signed an agreement to promote safety in the industry after the Histadrut threatened a general strike against the background of the fatal accidents.