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Fatal Crane Collapse at Bangkok Construction Site

A crane collapsed at a construction site in Soi On Nut 86, located in Bangkok’s Prawet district, at approximately 2:20 p.m. on July 2, resulting in the deaths of two Thai men and injuring three others. The tragic incident, reported by Praram Radio Centre 199 on its official Twitter account, highlights ongoing safety concerns in Thailand’s construction industry.

Officers from the Prawet Fire and Rescue Station arrived at the scene shortly after the collapse. The crane, weighing 12 tonnes and measuring 70 meters in length and 20 meters in height, had fallen onto a cement truck and a construction office. The injured were promptly transported to Sirindhorn Hospital, about 3.5 kilometers from the site. Their current conditions remain unknown as the investigation continues.

Further investigation at the scene confirmed no additional injuries or fatalities. The cause of the incident remains under investigation. According to Praram Radio Centre 199, the construction site is managed by New Sky Energy (Bangkok), or NRKBKK, for the development of the On Nut Waste Disposal Centre. This facility, which aims to process at least 1,000 tonnes of waste per day to generate electrical energy, has attracted an investment of approximately 1.3 billion baht and is slated for completion within two years.

This accident adds to a series of similar incidents in recent months. In January, a crane accident on Rama II Road resulted in one death and one severe injury when the sling of a crane snapped, causing the crane’s basket to fall. Another incident in February in Chon Buri involved an 80-tonne crane overturning, damaging a nearby pickup but fortunately causing no injuries. In March, a crane accident at a condominium construction site in Nonthaburi province near Bangkok claimed the life of a Cambodian worker.

These recurring accidents underscore the urgent need for stricter safety regulations and enforcement in Thailand’s construction industry to prevent further tragedies.

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