Contractor told to pay up for damage caused by falling tarp
The contractor of an expressway construction site in Bangkok’s Bang Khunthien district has been told to pay compensation to victims of a mishap and ensure the safety of motorists, the Department of Highways said on Friday.
On Thursday night, a large tarpaulin piece weighed down by rainwater fell off an expressway pillar on Rama II Road and landed on a car driving by.
The car’s roof collapsed and the windscreen was shattered.
The department's civil engineer, Paramet Tanmaneewattana, said the contractor had been told to drain rainwater collected in the tarps, but the work had not been done.
He said the tarps had been set up to prevent materials on expressway pillars from falling to the ground.
He added that the contractor had made a hole in the tarps to ensure they do not fall again.
"The department has ordered the contractor to take care of compensation for damage to the car," he said, adding that the contractor had promised to strictly adhere to safety measures.
He also assured that such an incident would not happen again.