Bangrak district’s civil works chief axed after collapse of construction crane

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang has ordered the immediate transfer of the civil works chief of Bangrak district for alleged negligence after a construction crane collapsed onto the roof of a basketball court in the Assumption Convent girl’s school, injuring about 10 students.

The crane collapse reportedly caused the steel frame of the roof to cave in and fall to the ground when there were several students in the court.

The transfer order was signed by Mrs. Silpasuey Raveesangsoon, the city’s permanent secretary, and comes into effect on Thursday.

The governor also ordered legal action to be taken against the owner of a 17-storey condominium, located next to the school, where the construction crane had been deployed.

Governor Aswin, along with his two advisors and the city deputy permanent secretary, today visited the Assumption Convent School and inspected the construction site.

He disclosed that the city administration had rejected the condominium owner’s application to convert the building into a hotel, but the building owner ignored the rejection and carried on with the construction illegally.

The Governor warned senior officials of Bangrak district office that they would be held accountable if it was discovered that the building owner has defied the work stoppage order.


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