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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