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No police charges for Phuket condo contractor over fatal crane collapse

PHUKET: Police will not press any charges for the fatal crane collapse at The Terminal condo construction site near Phuket International Airport last week that killed one man and injured three others.

By The Phuket News

Friday 17 June 2016, 10:07AM

“Our investigation into the death and injury is finished, no charges have been filed,” Sakoo Police chief Col Jirasak Siamsak told The Phuket News.

Col Jirasak explained that the four men were assembling a tower crane when the accident happened. (See story here.)

“While they were attempting to connect the second section of the jib, the section they were adding slipped and fell onto the mobile crane below and then onto the building under construction,” he said.

“The crane part [that the men were adding] did not fall onto the men as reported, the death and injuries happened when they tried to avoid the falling debris.

“When the men were jumping off the mobile crane, Nikorn Tubtawee [the deceased] was crushed by a piece of steel and the three other men fell and injured their arms and legs,” Col Jirasak said.

“One victim, Krisana Srirut is still at Vachira Hospital with a broken leg while the other two, Suthin Prawan, 26, and Patiphan Yodchak, 16, were discharged after treatment of minor body injuries from when they jumped off the mobile crane,” he added.

“Both the victims and the family of the deceased agreed that the whole incident was an accident that no one wanted to have happened. The company has been taking care of medical expenses and paid compensation to the family of the deceased,” Col Jirsak noted.

He did not disclose the extent of compensation offered by the contractor, PR Construction Co.

However, Col Jirasak said investigations by government agencies were continuing.

“The construction site is still closed for officials from the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning to thoroughly inspect the site before the construction company can resume with the construction,” he said.



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