A production worker has been killed after sustaining injuries during preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest of 2019.
The deceased is Fuldi Schwartz, a 66 year old truck driver. According to IQ, he was injured by a falling light rig when uploading equipment in a car park near the fairgrounds. Schwartz’s family reported that the falling rig caused serious head injuries, broken ribs, a punctured lung, and a spinal injury.
Schwartz was treated with emergency brain surgery at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov hospital, but his condition later deteriorated and he was pronounced dead on Wednesday May 15.
Schwartz’s son, Erez, told Israeli news site Ynet: “We don’t blame anyone at this point, but how is it possible that an event as large as Eurovision, with so much money invested, so much supervision and security, something so terrible can still happen?”
Police and Welfare Ministry safety and workplace health department officials are investigating further into the case. Initial findings have revealed that the rig was not handled appropriately with safety regulations.
After the death of a lead rigger at Coachella festival this year, it is becoming more and more apparent that production staff and backstage workers’ safety is at risk. Evidently, more needs to be done to ensure safety in live entertainment industry workplaces.