Building design not to blame

SAMUT PRAKAN - The building design of the Chakri Naruebodindra medical centre, which partially collapsed during construction in Samut Prakan on Tuesday, was sound, the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) says.

The EIT experts examined the site of the medical centre in Bang Phli district on Wednesday following the collapse of a concrete beam connecting two buildings at the hospital, which killed at least 10 workers and injured 16 others.

EIT secretary-general Siriwat Chaichana said the design of the medical centre met proper standards as its constructor and its construction supervisor were from reputable companies. The constructor is Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD) and the supervisor is ACSE 110 Consortium.

The beam collapsed after it was hit by a falling slip-form and its elevator shaft 25-30 metres above the floor.

The beam then fell on the construction workers having lunch below. According to Mr Siriwat, the fall might have been caused by an imbalance or something heavy falling on the elevator.

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Discussion 1 : 27/02/2014 at 09:20 AM
Reputable companies do not have slip forms falling off the core. Or if they do previously have a good reputation, then they have just it.
Discussion 2 : 27/02/2014 at 08:59 AM
I'm no expert but, it must have been one super force to sheer off the re-bar and collapse that column and floors. As for design verses actual fabrication and installation meeting design requirements that remains to be discovered. Absolving the "Engineer," is the first step in cover up for liabilities cases against builder and designer historically.
Discussion 3 : 27/02/2014 at 08:57 AM
Ok, everyone know, the blame is on other, the fact is if the design is ok and the company made it accordingly it cant collapse, thats it. Maybe the men in black were on a sabotage mission?
Discussion 4 : 27/02/2014 at 08:44 AM
when there no building inspectors, no check at each stage of the build,short cuts in material,no controls or accountability,its open to abuse,building department need to get proper building inspectors,to sign off each stage,like other countries

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