Construction Company Owner Detained After Crane Collapses, Injuring 4

February 13, 2017

A multi-story construction crane working in downtown Bat Yam, Israel, fell over Monday, severely injuring the crane operator, crushing a car, and wounding three others, including a 9-year-old girl.

The Magen David Rescue service said in a statement the crane operator was “severely injured suffering limb wounds and evacuated to Ichilov hospital in full consciousness.”

The driver of the car was moderately wounded, MDA said, adding that a 49-year-old man and his 9-year-old daughter were lightly wounded and taken to Wolfson hospital.

An underground parking garage was damaged by the crane.

Yuval Atia, owner of the Mivnim & Netivim construction company, and two site managers were detained by police for questioning. The Times of Israel reports Atia told local media after the accident that “it was too early to know what caused” the crane’s collapse, but said it was most likely due to a “technical failure.”

He also said that the crane had all the necessary licenses and permits and vowed to “study the subject” in order to prevent a re-occurrence.

Police Commander Sigal Bar-Zvi, chief of the Ayalon Police District where Bat Yam is located, told reporters that police are treating the incident as a workplace accident that will be investigated by the Israel Police Fraud Department in Tel Aviv. The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare has also opened an investigation into the incident.

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