Crane collapses onto ship in Ashdod port
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Crane collapses onto ship in Ashdod port

No reports of injuries after lifting equipment falls off dock onto cargo vessel

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Screen capture of a crane that collapsed onto a ship in Ashdod port, February 19, 2017. (Screen capture: Channel 10/Twitter)
Screen capture of a crane that collapsed onto a ship in Ashdod port, February 19, 2017. (Screen capture: Channel 10/Twitter)

A large crane collapsed onto a ship docked in the southern port of Ashdod on Sunday, causing damage but no injuries.

The incident was the second crane collapse in as many weeks, amid heightened concerns over worker safety.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crane to collapse on the cargo ship at the Ashdod port a little after 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

Emergency crews were rushed to the scene, but no workers were hurt.

An investigation was launched into the incident.

The Ashdod facility, south of Tel Aviv, is one of two major ports on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, servicing some dozen ships at any given time.

Last week a construction crane collapsed in the coastal city of Bat Yam, severely injuring one person and wounding three others, including a 9-year-old girl.

The owner of the construction company operating the crane was detained for questioning shortly after the crane fell onto a boulevard in a residential section of the Tel Aviv suburb, crushing a car and damaging several others.

Investigators launched a probe into what caused the crane to collapse.

The incident came several months after an underground parking garage under construction collapsed in Tel Aviv, killing three people and injuring dozens more. The incident sparked calls for increased workplace safety at construction sites.

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