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Tel Aviv suburb crane collapse latest in string of construction site accidents

Rescue teams work to find at least five people still trapped in the rubble of a Tel Aviv building collapse on September 5, 2016
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Israel's MDA emergency medical services say one person in serious condition after Ramat Gan crane collapse

At least two people were injured after a crane collapsed at a construction site in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan on Sunday, the latest in a string of accidents at construction sites in Israel which have shed light on lax adherence to safety regulations and insufficient oversight.

Israeli police and Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency medical services were called to the scene of Sunday's incident, where MDA said it treated a 38-year-old crane operator who was in serious to moderate condition after suffering injuries to his head and limbs.

A second construction worker, 31, was lightly injured in the incident. The collapse also caused damage to a neighboring building.

The incident comes after a crane collapse last month in the coastal city of Bat Yam, just south of Tel Aviv, in which four people were injured.

A report from the Economy Ministry and National Insurance Institute published last year showed that Israel has the highest rate of work site fatalities in the west, and a rate double that of the average in Europe.

Israeli lawmakers renewed a push for legislation which would instill stricter safety measures at construction sites, after two people were killed and at least 24 were injured when a partially built parking garage collapsed at a construction site in the Ramat Hachayal suburb north of Tel Aviv last May.

Lethal workplace accidents are a frequent occurrence in Israel, and the number of workplace fatalities spiked sharply in 2016, even as the number of safety inspections at construction sites also increased.

According to the Economy Ministry report, half of contractors involved in deadly workplace accidents have escaped sanctions.


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