Chon Buri field worker believed to have died of heat stroke

Cassava field where the man died, photo by The Pattaya News.

A Chon Buri worker was found lying dead in the cassava field where he worked in Phanat Nikhom district yesterday. His co-worker, who found him, said she found his tractor still running with no one around it, so she went to check, and found the man lying completely motionless. Police suspect that the man, 58 year old Seree Hiranrat, died of a heat stroke from working extended hours out in the sun, and from his overall health condition.

Cassava is a nutty-flavored, starchy root vegetable or tuber. Native to South America, it’s a major source of calories and carbs for people in many countries. Nigeria, Thailand, and Indonesia are the top cassava-producing countries in the world. – Wikipedia

The co-worker who found Seree had first tried pouring water on his head, and when he still did not wake up, she called police. Rescuers tried to revive Seree, but were unsuccessful.

Another worker, a construction worker, was killed on the job last month in Rayong when a gas pipe fell on him. A backhoe that was supposed to lift the pipe couldn’t handle the pipe’s weight, and the pipe fell into a ditch where three workers were connecting gas pipes.

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SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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