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Work Accidents in the Construction Sector

Work Accidents in the Construction Sector

The state of Israel has shown continuous incompetence in dealing with work accidents in the construction sector. Each year, dozens of workers are killed due to unsafe working conditions, and no one is held responsible. The number of workers killed in Israeli construction sites is 2.5 times larger than that of the European Union (per 100,000 workers). Government supervision is lacking – an average construction site is visited by an inspector only once every 3 years! Many of the safety standards in this sector are outdated, and new ones are hardly ever put into effect. At the end of the day, those who build our homes, through strenuous physical work, are those who end up paying the price for the state’s negligence with their lives and wellbeing. 

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*We added to our database to our public website in order to share the information we collect with the general public. Accidents reported during 2017 and 2018 will be updated on an ongoing basis. If you have any additional information, corrections or questions – please contact us through our website, or through Kav LaOved’s Nirtamim-Building Alliances for Construction Workers’ Safety Facebook page (in Hebrew).

The number of casualties resulting from work accidents in the construction industry is outrageous and attests to a complete disregard for workers’ lives. Despite attainable and proven prevention methods, the Israeli government persists in its current approach of non-enforcement of safety standards and indifference towards human life.

Kav LaOved’s “Nirtamim-Building Alliances for Construction Workers’ Safety” project, urgently calls on the Ministry of Labor to take steps to immediately improve the safety of workers.

A comprehensive and effective solution to the crisis of construction work accidents can only be brought about through the enlistment of several governmental bodies towards this goal. This would entail a range of bold decisions for change – including but not limited to: legislative and regulatory reform as well as the allocation of adequate manpower and financial resources to in order to both formulate and enforce appropriate safety procedures.

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The number of casualties resulting from work accidents in the construction industry is outrageous and attests to a complete disregard for workers’ lives. Despite attainable and proven prevention methods, the Israeli government persists in its current approach of non-enforcement of safety standards and indifference towards human life.

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