Monday, 19 May 2008

Cambodians killed after falling from crane

The Bangkok Post
Monday May 19, 2008

Four Cambodians died at a construction site in Chatuchak when a steel sling attached to a crane hoist came off, sending them crashing to the ground. The accident took place about 1.40pm at the construction site of the 12-storey Life Ratchada Condominium project at Soi Lard Phrao 36 in Chatuchak district. The four were being lifted to work on the 11th floor when the sling attached to the crane broke, sending them crashing to the ground. All four died instantly.

The victims were identified as Sinon Sith, 29, Vibon Han, 24 and Weun Shin, 22. The fourth victim was not identified.

Khampun Boontrai, 35, an engineer for the CL Construction Life Co, said Asian Property Co, the developer of the condominium project, had commissioned his firm to build the 12-storey building.

His firm employed construction workers while the crane and hoist belonged to another company, he added.

He said the four workers boarded the crane's hoist, which also carried 25kg of construction materials. The victims were not wearing safety harnesses, he said.

Police said they would summon those responsible for the crane's hoist, building construction as well as the project developer for questioning before pressing charges against those involved. The tragedy was believed to have been caused by overloading.

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