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Patong Shock Blast: Workers Electrocuted, One Dead

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Phuketwan Breaking News

TWO MEN were electrocuted in Patong about 5pm today when a construction crane struck powerlines, a witness has told Phuketwan.

One of the victims is dead and doctors at Patong Hospital were trying to restart the heart of the second victim, who is critically ill.

The expat who saw it all called police immediately. ''I was working in a building opposite,'' he told Phuketwan soon afterwards.

''They were trying to install a swimming pool on the fifth floor of the block. It is down from Nanai Road, towards Patong beach, near the Kasikorn Bank branch.

''The crane appeared to be folding up for the day.Then it hit the powerlines.

''There was a huge bang. Two men were left on the ground, convulsing.''

The men were taken in a pickup to Patong Hospital.

''The pool being installed was a Navinda pool,'' the witness said. ''But I did not see Navinda shirts on the two men who were electrocuted. I think they were bulding construction workers.''

The witness, a computer expert who wishes to remain anonymous, said he believed one of the owners of the building also had a connection with Hollywood nightclub in Patong.

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Now here once again tragic events. If these bl**7y lines were underground, we will be electrocuted using water to brush our teeth. Electricity is dangerous, fullstop. Panda bears, stay away from it.

Posted by Graham on May 26, 2009 18:28

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I would like to adjust the information regarding the 2 men electrocuted in Patong, when the 2 men arrived at the hospital one was recovering consciousness and the second one died after 1:30 of intensive care (you should check your information before edit) .In fact the pool was installed already on the 2nd floor (and not the 5th) of the building, but they still have to bring sand on site by using the crane. Unfortunately when the sand bucket was carried up, the sealing has touched the 10centimeter long UNPROTECTED junction between the high tension cable and the building transformer. The man who died was a hard worker and very good guy. We will all miss him a lot.

Posted by Florent Mayard, Managing director of Navinda pools on May 29, 2009 12:23

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Thank you Khun Florent Mayard for the updated info. My sympathies are with you and your company. Terrible accident to happen.

Posted by Graham on May 29, 2009 13:32

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Why are these people blaming the electric company? The crane hit the power lines, not the other way around, you are supposed to stay away at least 5 meters from power lines with any heavy equipment, was this their first job? what was a 17 year old doing on a building site anyway? I feel very sorry for the family of that young boy, a tragedy that should never have happened.

Posted by michael on June 3, 2009 08:07

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Khun Graham, if you use the water down here to brush your teeth, you won't have to worry about the electricity killing you.

Posted by Anonymous on June 3, 2009 09:32

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I think you are right Mr. Michael, unfair to blame electric company, however the building is at 60 centimeter from the electric line (may be the construction permit was inappropriate), in this condition it's impossible to work 5 meters away from the power line as suggested (wich it seems to be an non-existent rule in thailand). The boy was working on site because in thailand (in europe it is the same) you can work on site when you are over 16!

Posted by Florent on June 5, 2009 10:31


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