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11 Killed in Hospital Cave-In

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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A public hospital under construction in Thailand partially collapsed Tuesday (Feb. 25), killing at least 11 construction workers and injuring 16 on their lunch break, according to various reports.

Seven workers died at the scene near Bangkok, and four succumbed to their injuries in local hospitals after being pulled from the twisted steel and concrete, according to reports, citing police officials.

The victims were both migrant and Thai workers.

Some of the injured are reportedly in critical condition.

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The fatal collapse occured Tuesday (Feb. 25) just east of Bangkok, Thailand.

The new hospital, Ramathibodi Hospital’s Chakri Naruebodindra Medical Center, was being constructed in Bang Phli, Samut Prakan province, just east of Bangkok, according to The Bangkok Post.

The hospital was being constructed by Italian-Thai Development Co. and supervised by ACSE 110 Consortium, the news outlet reported.

Lunch-Time Horror

The building collapse took place while about 30 workers were on their lunch break, police have said.

Some of the workers were eating; others were resting.

Officials said a large concrete beam had fallen on the workers, causing the deaths and injuries.

Investigation Ongoing

An investigation into the tragic cave-in is ongoing.

Some initial reports said the collapse took place after an elevator shaft inside the building gave way.

"The broken shaft fell across the third floor, which led to the whole structure underneath caving in," police Lt. Apivat Kasorn told The Wall Street Journal.

elevator shaft
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A broken elevator shaft is believed to have caused the collapse. Image is not of the building in this case.

Authorities have ordered public-works and town planning officials to examine the building’s design plans, The Bangkok Post reported. The contractor and the construction supervisor are also to be questioned, officials have said.

The 400-bed hospital was to be completed in four to five years, The Bangkok Post related.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Construction; Fatalities; Health and safety; Health Care/Hospitals; Workers

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