No lessons learned from non-fatal workplace accidents - comptroller

64 people died in building sites accidents in 2020 and 2021.

 Construction at the entrance of Jerusalem (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Construction at the entrance of Jerusalem
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

The Safety Administration has failed to heed any lessons from non-fatal workplace accidents, according to the State Comptroller report chapter regarding safety at the workplace.

The report found that there has been a general failure in monitoring safety issues in workplaces, especially at building sites, where 64 people died in accidents in 2020 and 2021.

As well as failing to fill all the positions as instructed, the review found that the Safety Administration was not following up on safety deficiencies reported to it by employers if it did not deem those deficiencies severe enough to issue an order to correct them. The number of orders issued rose six-fold in 2020 compared to 2017.

The report also found that while the administration keeps track of fatal accidents and posts reports on them annually, it does not retain any information regarding non-fatal accidents or near-accidents and fails to learn any lessons from them.

As well as not drawing conclusions from accidents, the review found that the administration was not properly investigating safety infractions and that as of October, the administration did not have a dedicated investigations unit.

 Construction at the entrance of Jerusalem (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST) Construction at the entrance of Jerusalem (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

The report also said that only a fraction of contractors who should have faced suspension for safety infractions were actually suspended.