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Israel's Labor Ministry Must Act on Rising Death Toll at Construction Sites

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Three workers were killed this week in two separate construction-site accidents in the town of Harish. An additional three workers were killed on the job in Netivot, Tel Aviv and Tzur Yigal. That’s six people dead in less than two weeks. None of these victims were Jewish – which is the main reason for Israel’s ongoing neglect of this lethal scourge.

Since the start of the year, 19 people have lost their lives in work accidents, 10 of them construction workers. Despite a rise in public awareness since 2015 about the neglect of safety at building sites (thanks to civil groups and media support), 70 people were killed in work accidents in 2018 – a 35 percent increase over the previous year, according to Labor Ministry statistics.

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