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The man's hand could be seen by passersby at the Phuket billboard

Phuket City Central Festival Billboard Drama: Workman Electrocuted

Friday, September 28, 2012
PHUKET: A workman was electrocuted at the top of a new billboard near the busy Central Festival intersection in Phuket City this afternoon.

The man's body was left on top of the new billboard until electricity was switched off so workers in a cradle crane could bring the man's body down about 2pm.

Three men were adjusting the electronic billboard when the man was electrocuted. It is believed he came into contact with power lines above the billboard.

The dead worker's body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City.

A man climbed a billboard earlier this month at the junction, also known as the Thai Nan Intersection, and threatened to jump.

He climbed down after 90 minutes after being told he would soon be able to talk to his wife.

The contract for work to begin on the 600 million baht underpass on the bypass road at the intersection is due to be signed on October 9 or October 10, Phuket Highways Office Director Samak Luedwonghad confirmed today.

Construction at the intersection - set to take 720 days and involve suggested diversions for Phuket motorists - will take 720 days, he told Phuketwan.

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RIP Khun Doe.
Surprised this sort of accident doesn't happen more often.
Here's me calling it an accident It is a chain of avoidable events.
In this case seemingly total disregard or ignorance of basic safety standards especially where electricity is concerned.

Posted by innocent bystander on September 28, 2012 20:17

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unlucky workman. RIP

Posted by cekipa on September 29, 2012 10:23

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Sorry for poor workman, surprisingly no one discussing about all these illegal sign boards? and who is responsible of these public area intrusion? what would happen if one day yourself or tourists walk pass those illegal sign board and had been electrocuted, which local authorities should be responsible?

Posted by Phuket people on September 29, 2012 15:44

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@ Phuket people. First to say that the local authorities are responsible, they collect the big amounts of money changing hands for the errection of these boards. Secondly, safety is not a very high priority, so we will read more about needless deaths. Thirdly, there comes a point in time, where as only atms and guests here, us expats learn that we are peeing in the wind. No one actually takes any notice of our bleatings.
RIP Jon Doe.

Posted by Robin on September 30, 2012 09:11

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@ Phuket people, not only in Phuket do we have this, here is headline just after I said we will read more stories of electrocutions, well here it is... Electric Shock Kills Tourist on Arrival at Big Bangkok Hotel.

Posted by Robin on September 30, 2012 10:10

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Robin, while I agree with most of your points and to some extent your sentiment I believe there may be a flaw in your argument. Most foreigners here assume that the authorities don't know and therefore need input to see the issues. This assumption is predicated on a cultural lack of understanding. No reaction means that they aren't listening. In this case they know very well the cause and effect, they don't need anyone to point out the hazards, risks etc. they are well aware and no reaction means that there are other things more important than safety and the lives of the unimportant people.

Until it becomes more painful to continue as is and more important to put safety ahead of "other" concerns nothing will change. In other words, keep bleating and hope that there is enough of a groundswell to force change.

Posted by Martin on September 30, 2012 10:56

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Hi Martin, yes agreed. The authroities see the issues but would rather put their heads where the sun does not shine and the problems will fade away. I just hope that one day we will not read this headline in the PW site, " Phuket had it all and lost it all. Now it is just a shell of its former glory."
Unfortunately money here, speaks louder than words or deeds.

Posted by Robin on September 30, 2012 11:50

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And yet another one, this time in Jomtien, Pattaya, at a new restaurant. Stay away from any electrical installations, bring in the Burmese workers they are expendable?

Posted by Robin on October 3, 2012 16:35


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