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A wall collapse killed three young women workers in eastern Phuket today

Three Young Women Killed as Retaining Wall Collapses on Workers at Phuket Construction Site

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
PHUKET: Three Burmese workers - all young women - were crushed to death when a wall being erected to prevent earth slips collapsed on them in eastern Phuket today.

The workers died at Ao Yon on a heavily sloping site where a new resort is being built.

Fellow workers were crying over their deaths as the young women's bodies were laid out and covered with sheets.

Killed were Nu, 25, Mo, 19, and May, 18. Other workers said the wall collapse came at the site of the Crystal Wild Resort, which is due to open later this year.

The resort is on a hill near the Khao Kad viewpoint lookout between Cape Panwa and Chalong. A fourth worker was injured and taken to hospital.

Authorities have just issued a major alert for potential land slips and floods, but the deaths today were unconnected with the severe weather forecast for the next few days.

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Sorry to hear about yet more Burmese deaths.
2 things
1. You should only build `ornamental' type retaining walls out of brick. Substantial civil construction such as this should be out of reinforced concrete.
2. Let's home the General looks at it. It is on a gradient greater than 30 degrees.

Posted by Mr Man on June 10, 2014 18:02

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Actually it's one for the local authorities. Someone needs to be made responsible for the deaths of three young women. In the 'New Phuket' there are no excuses.

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RIP

Posted by scunner on June 10, 2014 18:27

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I don't think the General has the expertise to assess failure of this wall. There is nothing wrong with building a mass gravity wall as long as the design is correct for the conditions. Gravity walls are generally constructed where the actual applied forces can be accurately calculated, without having to build in high safety factors for unknown conditions. Base to height ratios of 1:3 are generally considered the minimal standard and founding conditions should be minimum 1.5MPa to allow for sufficient reactive forces and provide for adequate keying in of the wall to minimise lateral sheer. Any wall over about 2 m in height this type of construction becomes inefficient.
Reinforced concrete cantilevered walls, pile walls or anchored walls provide superior lateral support over this height, require less construction space and are cheaper to construct, if designed correctly.

However the actual wall is only part of the solution, sub surface drainage, controlling surface runoff and minimising soil surcharge has to be considered to achieve the required rotational resistance.
Phuket has some of the worst soils to achieve adequate founding of such walls, clayish in base, generally meters deep about suitable strength founding material, high rain fall and a general lack of understanding soil mechanics.
As soon as you cut into any natural slope that has the potential to become saturated, there is only
one direction it will move. No matter how hard people try to ignore his advice, Newton is yet to be proven wrong.

Posted by Manowar on June 10, 2014 19:20

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poor girls, rip.

Posted by serge on June 10, 2014 19:20

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Incredibly sad.

RIP three young women.

Posted by Smithy on June 10, 2014 19:52

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RIP - horrible way for young girls to die. I hope the authorities fine the company responsible heavily including substantial compensation to their families.

Posted by Logic on June 10, 2014 23:07


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