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All 50 BMA district offices told to check safety of construction cranes

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Public Works Department has instructed 50 BMA district offices to check the safety of all construction cranes in their districts after an accident that injured several students last month.

BMA Public Works Department director Sakchai Boonma said he had sent a letter to all 50 district chiefs asking them to check construction cranes at all building sites to prevent any more accidents.
The district office chiefs were asked to ensure that all the sites comply with the 1979 Building Control Act and the directive on constructions issued by the Interior Ministry in 1983.
The letter was sent after a crane at a construction site near Assumption Convent in Bang Rak district collapsed on June 19, hurling concrete and debris onto the school’s gymnasium building and injuring several students.
Sakchai said the district offices must ensure all machines at construction sites have proper maintenance documentation, which is certified by engineers concerned.
The district offices must also check whether construction or building modifications are being carried out strictly in accordance with the approved blueprints.
Additionally, the cranes must be tested for safety according to the regulations on construction machinery issued in 2009 and 2011, Sakchai added.

Published : July 09, 2019

By : The Nation