Worker Dies When Building Crashes Down in Bang Kapi

A rescue worker searches the ruins of a building that collapsed Tuesday in Bangkok’s Bang Kapi district.

BANGKOK — A building collapsed Tuesday in the capital’s Bang Kapi district, killing one construction worker and injuring three others.

The three-story concrete residence on Yothin Patthana Road collapsed at about 6pm as construction workers were working on its fourth floor. According to crane operator Singto Kosila, he was moving a 3.3-ton concrete slab to the fourth floor when he saw the building’s floors and beams completely collapse.

One worker, a Myanmar national, was crushed and died. Three other workers were taken to a hospital with leg and head injuries and were expected to survive. A fourth worker managed to escape unscathed.

Officers from the Ladprao Police Station rushed to the scene, along with local and public works officials.

Police Col. Suksit Meesawad, who was at the scene, said the cause of  the building’s collapse was being investigated by the relevant officials.

“It could be that the building was planned incorrectly, or the construction workers were building it improperly,” he said. “On the other hand, the quality of the metal and concrete used in construction could also be faulty.”

Suksit said some of the workers were from Myanmar and some from Thailand.

Update: Suksit originally said all five workers were Thai, and this story has been updated to reflect his Sept. 22 statement that in fact several, including the man killed, were from Myanmar.

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