In order to curb the number of accidental deaths among construction workers, we first need to understand the causes. Actually, there are two distinct roots of these mortal accidents. One, often pointed out and one conveniently overlooked. And the solution must come from a third party.
The first well-known cause is that workers’ safety is not the highest point of priority with building companies. This is fortified by the fact that, other than the owners, most construction workers are non-Jews. It just feels less like ‘our’ problem if a Gentile dies. (Every nation has this nationalistic despicable bias.) This is not OK by far but is fortified by almost all non-Jews seemingly ready to hate and kill us for millennia. Not that these workers are hated. There’s a bigger killer at work: one doesn’t care so much. On the other hand, Jews seem to value life (lechaim) more than any other group. But we hear that more from activists than building cooperation owners.
The second, often overlooked, contributing factor to deadly construction accidents is that most workers are not Jewish (again) and therefore not so concerned about death from a human factor. Arab culture, more than the in the West, has a “G^d is great and humans are nothing” attitude and “If it is one’s time, when G^d wills it, we go.” Chinese workers come from a continent of “What will be will be” and fate and destiny. And we must understand that it is bothersome to work with a hard hat or gloves on (especially when it’s hot outside) and with other safety measures. Understandably, workers tend to cut inconvenient unsafe corners.
There’s a third party and that’s the powers that be. First of all, Israel is a capitalist country where a dollar and not a human is (unfortunately) the measure of all value. The authorities are predominantly Jewish and (again) not enough upset to check mostly Gentile workers’ safety. There are hardly any inspectors for thousands of building sites around the country.
But from the authorities, change must come. There must be hundreds of more inspectors. They must write huge fines when safety measures are not implemented. (A worker without a helmet — the boss pays big time.) Builders and workers must hate them equally. And their superiors need to be both Jewish and Gentile Israeli civil servants working closely together. The Gentiles will provide an optimal “us” feeling and the Jews an optimal “life is sacred” and “We have Free Will to make a difference.”
We owe it to ourselves as the Jewish State to show we care.