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Compensation paid to victims of VIP Condo construction site collapse in Phuket

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“Kraichitti Chensappakit, assistant MD of the project owner VIP Thailand, expressed sympathy and said the company will provide assistance to the affected workers.”

The Labour Ministry has provided monetary assistance to the families of the three Burmese migrant workers killed and the eight others wounded from the collapse of a scaffolding at the VIP condominium construction site in Rawai on August 11.

Read The Thaiger story HERE.

One worker was instantly killed and eight others injured when the scaffolding at the under-construction reception building of the VIP Mercury condominium near Phuket’s Rawai Beach collapsed on Sunday afternoon. Two other workers were trapped under the debris, but died, bringing the death toll to three.

Police have already filed charges of recklessness causing death and injury against an engineer involved in supervision for the project on Tuesday.

Jak Punchoopet, adviser to the labour minister, attended the funerals of Pay Thee, Tin Tun and Min Naing and paid 33,000 baht to each of the deceased worker’s family as an initial monetary assistance from the Social Security Office. He also visited the injured workers in hospital.

Jak says the government compensation for the workers will be given in three lots. The Labour Ministry will also cover the medical bills of the six workers who suffered minor injuries, while the two who were seriously injured are entitled to 50,000-2 million baht as well as compensation for lost earnings.

The deceased workers’ families will later receive an additional compensation of 750,000 baht each, in addition to the compensation provided by the insurance company.

Compensation paid to victims of VIP Condo construction site collapse in Phuket | News by Thaiger

Myanmar Labour attaché Kyaw Soe Wai, who oversees Myanmar labour affairs in the 14 southern provinces, was present when the initial money was being handed over.

Jak and Kyaw Soe Wai also inspected the site of the building collapse and discussed the incident with the condominium’s project executives and contractors.

Kraichitti Chensappakit, assistant MD of the project owner VIP Thailand, expressed sympathy and said the company will provide assistance to the affected workers, including coverage of medical bills, organising funerals and covering other related expenses. He said the firm will also coordinate with related agencies to ensure those affected get the aid and welfare they are entitled to, according to The Nation.

He said the eight-building project was nearly complete and only required “finishing touches”, while the construction of a separate reception building, where the incident happened, had just begun early this year. He said the company will wait for the authorities to complete inspecting the accident site before determining whether the construction should continue.

by Salinee Prap, Jessada Chantharak – The Nation

Compensation paid to victims of VIP Condo construction site collapse in Phuket | News by Thaiger

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