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Toxic fumes in engine room of boat restaurant kill 2

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Toxic fumes in engine room of boat restaurant kill 2

By Theerawat Thongma, 
Dethawee Theewarangkool 
The Nation

 

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Two workers died while three became seriously ill after allegedly inhaling toxic fumes as they cleaned a boat restaurant’s engine room on Sunday.

 

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The vessel was anchored at a pier off Chon Buri province. 

 

Upon learning about the incident at 11.30am, Muang Pattaya precinct superintendent Pol Colonel Apichai Krobphetch led a rescue team to help the five workers who had reportedly passed out while cleaning the engine room of the Nava Chakkapat. It is believed they succumbed to toxic fumes, as the ventilation system had not been turned on. Upon arrival, the officials found one worker dead at the scene, and another succumbed while being rushed to hospital, police said.

 

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The names of the victims were not released as of press time. 

 

Police are investigating the incident to determine the cause of death before they proceed with further legal action.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30360077

 
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1 hour ago, richard_smith237 said:

Sadly they were likely naively ignorant to the risks of enclosed space entry....

 

Yes it is actually a complex matter where H&S is concerned. Nearly lost someone on a site I worked due to CO2 resting down in a tunnel. 

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Saddly these are the, ''expendable crew members'' , as in the old Star Trek's when Jim and Spock beamed down, with the'' 3rd guy ''..we all knew his fate...Taking one for the team we call it now..

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This problem is not unique to Thailand. No fumes or smoke should be considered safe now. In the past, maybe ok but way too many chemicals are used to make things. I had a friend in USA who simply was burning some leaves but there was other things in the pile...like a plastic bottle. Avoid all smells...of course, the stuff that does not smell will get you also.  

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While I send my condolences to the families my concern is that if they don't give thought to their own safety...yeah you can see where I'm leading eh?

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2 hours ago, ebean001 said:

This problem is not unique to Thailand. No fumes or smoke should be considered safe now. In the past, maybe ok but way too many chemicals are used to make things. I had a friend in USA who simply was burning some leaves but there was other things in the pile...like a plastic bottle. Avoid all smells...of course, the stuff that does not smell will get you also.  

Interesting, but the burning plastic bottle fumes did what?

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6 hours ago, richard_smith237 said:

Sadly they were likely naively ignorant to the risks of enclosed space entry....

 

The owners of the boat failed to protect its workers welfare and poor innocent workers died as a result - something which happens all too often in developing an unregulated countries.... reading news such as this so regularly is tragic in the extreme. 

And it happens in regulated and developed countries also 

And many times more as you think.

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2 hours ago, ebean001 said:

This problem is not unique to Thailand. No fumes or smoke should be considered safe now. In the past, maybe ok but way too many chemicals are used to make things. I had a friend in USA who simply was burning some leaves but there was other things in the pile...like a plastic bottle. Avoid all smells...of course, the stuff that does not smell will get you also.  

Nobody on this thread has said it is unique to Thailand, but this is a Thai forum. now do you get it ?

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I hope the bookings of Chinese tour groups are not plunging because of this "little mishap"

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