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Electrician electrocuted while working on Phuket high-voltage cables

PHUKET: An electrician who worked for a company sub-contracted by the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) was hospitalised yesterday afternoon (Aug 23) after being electrocuted while working on high-voltage cables in Patong.

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Wednesday 24 August 2016, 11:45AM

The man had to be rescued from on top of a electricity pylon before being taken to hospital. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
The man had to be rescued from on top of a electricity pylon before being taken to hospital. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Kusoldharm rescue workers stationed at Patong Beach responded to a call made at 3:40pm where it was reported by a local resident that an electrical worker was electrocuted while working on the high-voltage power lines on Rat Uthit 200 Pi Rd.

The man appeared to be seriously injured and was slumped on top of a power pole rescue workers were told.

Rescue workers arrived at the scene with staff from Patong Hospital to find a group of people gathered near a power pole. Patong Municipality officials arrived soon after with a cherry picker which they used in the 20 minute operation to bring the injured man down.

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The victim was later named as 22-year-old Pornchai Palasuth an employee of a company sub-contracted by the PEA to improve the power lines in the Patong area.

A Kusoldharm rescue worker said that Mr Pornchai suffered burns to several areas of his body and was taken to Patong Hospital. He was later transferred to Vachira Hospital Phuket where he currently remains.

“Police are investigating the incident to find out what caused the electrical shock,” the rescue worker said.



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Joe12 | 26 August 2016 - 10:47:08

Kurt...well no, there is not a sole conclusion of electrocution. I know it's difficult for you, but try and think outside of the square. The job is no more dangerous than gardening or can still die through accident

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Kurt | 25 August 2016 - 22:37:56

swerv: Sub contracting in this particular field is dangerous. Try a accident like this and see the result.
It is different from sub contracting gardening or tiling a bathroom.
And swerv: by seeing the photo of the poor man on top of the high voltage pool, electrocuted, tell everything, or not?
The cause is electrocution, right? As written by PN.

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swerv | 25 August 2016 - 15:47:59

Kurt: How do you know what caused this incident, where you there?
Sub contracting is done by millions of companies all around the world, there is nothing sinister about it.
Just your normal babble kurt.

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Kurt | 24 August 2016 - 21:20:37

Joe12 seems not to understand that when a man, who has to work on top of a high voltage power pool, get electrocuted, there is only 1 and just 1 conclusion possible.
The facts speak for themselve.
That is clear to normal readers.

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Joe12 | 24 August 2016 - 19:24:00

Good on ya nasa...Kudos to you. As for Kurt, he comments as if he knows the conclusion, which as normal is a load of garbage.

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Kurt | 24 August 2016 - 16:05:41

Poor Mr Pornchai, I hope he recovers well.
Working for a sub company? On very high voltage power lines?
Such should for just safety reason only be done by PEA own staff!

Not much need for investigating the incident.
it is simple, the electric shock was electricity on the high voltage power lines.
What does police knows about Volts, Amperes and Ohms?

Conclusion: No safety first protocol, at least not by the sub contractor,and without supervision by PEA.

Poor Khun Pornchai who trusted his supervisors.

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Nasa123 | 24 August 2016 - 14:23:42

And this man have a paper  to work on High-voltage cables I ? If not the Phuket  Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) are guilty. I think PEA are ISO 2001 reg ? I check this up and make a Clame fore this man.

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