13 Arrested in Crane Collapse

YERUSHALAYIM -
The scene where a crane collapsed at a construction site in Yavne, killing four people and injuring one more, Sunday. (Flash90)

A total of 13 people have been detained by police in connection with the crane collapse that killed four workers in Yavneh on Sunday.

Some were being questioned as possible suspects while others were detained to give their testimony concerning the deadly accident, according to Haaretz.

Media coverage of the accident on Sunday evening focused on the issue of worker safety in general, with activists and labor representatives decrying the lack of enforcement of safety standards on building sites.

The deaths of 38 workers last year led to public demand for better safety and the government said it would hire more inspectors. Nevertheless, 20 workers have died in construction already in 2019.

According to Channel 13, cranes in particular are largely unregulated, with no one to ensure that only qualified people are allowed to handle the huge equipment.