ISRAEL – An Israeli man injured on Monday when a lighting rig fell on him during preparations for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest at the Expo Tel Aviv fairgrounds has died, hospital officials said Wednesday.
Fuldi Schwartz, 66, was unloading equipment from a truck in a parking lot adjacent to the fairgrounds when a wheeled lighting rig toppled over onto him, causing serious head injuries, broken ribs, a punctured lung and a spinal injury, according to the family.
He was rushed to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital for emergency brain surgery.
Schwartz, from the central town of Pardes Hanna, was survived by his wife Dalia and children Erez and May.
Erez questioned the safety precautions at the site.
“We don’t blame anyone at this point, but how is it possible that at an event as large as Eurovision, with so much money invested, so much supervision and security, something so terrible can still happen?” he asked in comments carried by the Ynet news site.
Police and officials from the Welfare Ministry’s Safety and Workplace Health Department arrived at the scene on Monday and launched a formal investigation.
Initial findings revealed that the lighting rig was not handled according to safety regulations.
Eurovision organizers offered their condolences to Schwartz’s family.
“We are greatly saddened by the death of the driver who was injured this week while unloading a truck with technical equipment in the parking lot of the Eurovision venue in Tel Aviv. Our thoughts and condolences go to his family,” they said in a statement.
“Our priority is always for the safety and security of everyone involved with the Eurovision Song Contest and, in line with protocol, we are cooperating with the authorities.” they said.
SOURCE: TIMES OF ISRAEL