Probe launched into fatal accident at site of Engineering Institute of Thailand

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BANGKOK – The Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) has inspected the site of an electric train construction where a large crane fell onto workers killing three of them.

EIT President Taned Weerasiri, along with Deputy State Railway of Thailand Governor Prasert Attanandana and Department of Employment (DOE) Director-General Sumet Mahosot, visited the construction site of the Bang Sue – Rangsit Red Line electric train in front of Wat Don Muang school where the crane fell and killed the three workers.

The EIT president said initial inspection showed the accident happened from the ripping of a PT Bar metal plate while metal fragments are yet to be inspected to find the actual cause.

The road passing the incident site is expected to reopen on Tuesday, with some area fenced off for inspection.

The DOE chief said this was the sixth time such accidents happened to the Bang Sue – Rangsit Red Line electric train project with the death toll amounting to eight.

The accident may cause Italian-Thai Development, the contractor for this project, to close their operation if it is found to have happened due to negligence. A civil lawsuit will be fined against the contractor which may result in up to one year in imprisonment or up to 400,000 baht in fine.