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Worker badly injured in latest Mount Herzl accident

Man said to be in moderate to severe condition after falling just prior to new Remembrance Hall dedication

View of the military cemetery and the new Remembrance Hall on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on April 27, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
View of the military cemetery and the new Remembrance Hall on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on April 27, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A man working at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl military cemetery was badly injured after falling on Sunday during preparations for Israel’s Memorial Day, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.

The worker was in moderate to serious condition after suffering injuries to his head and limbs as a result of the fall and was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Magen David Adom said.

Although the circumstances of his injury were not specified, Hebrew media reports said that he most likely fell after being electrocuted.

The injury occurred just prior to a ceremony to inaugurate the new Remembrance Hall for the country’s fallen soldiers at Mount Herzl Sunday morning and a day before the official Memorial Day ceremony set to take place at the cemetery.

This is not the first serious work accident to occur at the site in the leadup to the annual ceremonies.

In 2012, Lieutenant Hila Betzaleli, a 20-year-old IDF officer from Mevasseret Zion, was crushed to death when a lighting rig crashed down on her and other soldiers as they rehearsed for the official state Independence Day ceremony — which occurs as Memorial Day ends — in the central parade ground at Mount Herzl. Seven other soldiers were injured in the incident.

In December 2016, the Itzuv Bima stage production company was found to be responsible for the incident and two employees were sent to prison on charges of negligent manslaughter and negligent harm.

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