A large container fell at a construction site in Tirat Carmel killing two men, Diab Wadad and Hassan Hasham Wadad, residents of Jatt. Four other workers were also injured on Thursday, according to Israeli media. Hours later, another construction worker died when he fell into a pit at a construction site in the Gilboa region.
According to United Hatzalah volunteer Batel Janet Habakuk, a service elevator collapsed onto a container where workers were stationed, after which the container fell into the courtyard of the construction site.
It crashed into the courtyard, killing two workers who were pronounced dead at the scene, according to police reports.
Magen David Adom medics provided initial medical treatment to a number of victims. The victims included a 50-year-old man and two 30-year-old men who were in moderate condition and were evacuated to Rambam Health Care Campus. Another person was evacuated with a minor head injury.
“When we arrived at the place, we noticed a container that had fallen on top of another container. Two men about 30 years old were trapped under the container. They suffered severe multi-system injuries. After they were rescued we had to determine their death,” MDA paramedic Mohammad Tabash said.
What did the paramedics have to say?
“A 50-year-old man was pulled out of the fallen container, fully conscious with multi-system injuries in moderate condition. In addition, two more injured people in their 30s were evacuated from the scene in moderate condition with bruises and an injured person in mild condition with a head injury,” he said.
Tirat Carmel firefighters rescued the two remaining workers who were trapped under the rubble at the scene after the initial crash.
In a separate incident, a worker fell into a pit about seven meters deep at a construction site in Gadish in the Gilboa Regional Council. The worker was trapped deep underground. A fire and special rescue unit rushed to the scene. The crews pulled the unconscious worker out of the pit shortly after which he was pronounced dead.
In 2022 so far, 44 people have died at construction sites in Israel. Dozens more have been injured, many of whom have sustained serious injuries for which they cannot be fully rehabilitated.