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20-Year-Old Briton Electrocuted To Death On Bangla Road, Phuket

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It is already a miracle that nobody who tried to help the poor Briton was not killed also from electrocution.

I learned already in primary school that before helping a person, victim of electrocution, one must cut off the power first or use insulated equipment

That will probably be too late unfortunately. If you are wearing any type of footwear, kick them off. Use your boot. I am surprised the did not have any earth leakage breakers fitted (safe T cut). That would have solved the problem.

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Well, today I went to the ATM at the Family Mart in Nanai at the corner of Soi 2 to check my bank account. I did so many times before, but in nice weather conditions. Today my Flip-Flops were wet, and when touching the first key on the keyboard I had this "exiting nice feeling" of a ungrounded piece of metal connected to a hot lead. I just used my purse to push the cancel-button and left. The next time I won't touch any ATM in the rain. :angry:

Um, this sounds kinda weird, but I used to get the same feeling when I plugged my playstation into the tele. Then I realised that the grounding that is needed had been rigged up, but not connected. It looked like it had been done, but it too was a death trap waiting to happen.

So I had to get on the net and find out how it is done, then get an electrician, (Who turned up on his motorbike wearing a motorbike taxi uniform, and of course without any tools to his name. Maybe he was just after money and saw the risk of being electrocuted was worth the 500 we were gunna give him.) to follow instructions from me as to how I wanted it done. Problem was solved.

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The entire Thai attitude to electricity facilities and conduits is disgusting.

It seems that they just don't understand the imminent dangers they put all people in when they allow all of the low hanging and poorly wired infrasctructures.

Even their power plugs and adapters are death traps,... a complete joke but freely sold in any store.

Recently whilst on a trip to Ubon I happened to walk across a walk-over pedestrian bridge across the main city road. On the other side of the bridge was a staircase down that had a chrome steel railing and brushing up directly along side of that railing were power lines which you could have touched with your hand without any stretching!

No value placed on a life here,... and no existence of commonsense or accountability for anything. Makes me want to pewk!

Did you reach out and grab one? Really, you should give it a try. Your attitude is pathetic. Go back to the utopia you came from, and you will not have to be burdened with this and many other problems inherent in living in SEA.

Trust me, the Thais will not miss you for one instant. Bon Voyage!!

Nice baiting attempt, his attitude is realistic.. Yours on the other hand........................................

My attitude is this: I elected to live here, and view myself as a grateful guest. I know there are dangers, things that run against my "common sense." I hope I never reach the bitter, condescending 'superior attitude" I see on this forum. Many here have overstayed their welcome, and now are prisoners who lack the ways and means to go back to perfect little merry old England...(The part not burning in riots)

Yes, i agree with his point that the way wires are strung is pretty amazing / crazy making...It is the attitude I am addressing.

Or better yet instead of closing your eyes to the reality that the people don't give a rats ass about safety you could quit apologizing for this deathly wreckless behaviour. I have personally seen 4 people die here due to criminal negligence had the police decided to show up in a timely manner. One was electrocuted on bali hai pier wile peeing on a live electric wire on the ground. They came and picked up the body but never fixed the wire. It was not until the news reported on this that the wire was fixed. Other involved lighting in a swimming pool. The 2 others happened with in an hour in the same pot hole that had been reported many times and after the first death the police did nothing. The second death within the hour they decided to show up with a one pylon to block the hole. Me and my fellow restauranteurs tied lights up to ensure this would happen no more but the cops did nothing! All this bullshit about go home if you don't like it is crap. Instead of just saying " I elected to live here" crap maybe stand up and say this criminal negligence must change and people held accountable. What kind of ass says if you don"t like the danger go home. Utter apologetic crap in my honest opinion!

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"Some of us used to walk barefoot around here, but now we all wear rubber soles all the time," she said.

The Thai logic of enforcing health & safety, wait until it happens before you take precautions !!

RIP young man.

Actually its human logic rather than a Thai thing.Western safety standards are all driven by such logic. Its called learning from our mistakes. I was electrocuted as a kid after I touched an uninsulated live conductor on a British Standard Electrical fitting. Thihe standards have improved since then but I wonder how many people had to die before the problem was sorted?

Witsawakorn, you obviously don't live in Thailand...

Unless you are a caveman in the western world, they do make every effort to prevent such accidents before they happen, here in Thailand they don't. Accidents are meant to happen in Thailand, its merely seen as bad luck and something that will inevitably happen to us. They dont know the meaning of preventing accidents before they happen.

Mods: sorry about the word "they", I dont mean to generalize. Normally I never respond to the "it happens all over the world" type of poster.

Sorry but you obviously are not qualified to talk about safety standards. All of the main safety standards and codes in the West came about after years of people being killed or maimed due to something unforseen going wrong. You say accidents are meant to happen in Thailand Doh! Can you explain then why the last power project that I was involved in here was completed on time with zero lost time accidents (LTIs meaning accidents that cause a worker to be off work for one day or more). It wasn't easy to achieve that of course but it was done. 2.5 million man hours with zero LTIs. Can't get better than that but according to your generalisations " they" don't make any effort to prevent accidents before they happen. Well there is more going on in the world than you can see from the stool in your favourite Bar Beer

OK Mr. safety poster boy, care to explain why there are so many ungrounded electrical outlets causing death in Thailand?

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So are they going to fix it!?! Or mai bpen rai?

Are you joking? As written in the article the people there will wear rubber shoes from now on...

Problem fixed...

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I can't tell from the pictures exactly where the plug socket is located but it may be helpful for some posters to understand that the front of Ocean Plaza is covered by a rigid and permanent awning following renovation works last year. The awning is very large and provides cover for a number of businesses that operate in front of the plaza - it's also worth noting that the outdoor base is raised above street level. Therefore, it's not exactly as though someone decided to fit a power socket in the middle of an open or totally unprotected area, it's also not clear where the water that caused the flooding came from, rain water ingress or someone with a hosepipe/bucket.

Just wanted to add a little balance to the story since a number of people seem to be going off at the deep end on this one, not least of which is someone blaming the deceased for being up and awake at 06:00, quite amazing really.

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I've seen bare copper exposed in bungalows. Take the good with the bad.

was he taking bribes? :rolleyes:

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The fatality occured due to failure of insulation due to the ingress of water in the fitting causing the touch potential to rise to a hazardous value adjacent to the fitting.

There will be no investigation into the death, there will be no autopsy and the death will be put down most probably to , to use the western term, " death by misadventure"

The electric shock, mA x time in seconds would have caused cardiac arrest in the victim.

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I mean how could an electricity socket covered in water be so dangerous?

Freaking idiots.

Thai wiring leaves something to be desired.

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Very tragic...RIP. Hoping something will be done to fix the outlet, but not holding my breath.

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still to make the UK news, which i think it will .........

but how many others have died in similar ways? , in samui during the floods in April, 2 or 3 people died in the same way, but as Thai, not much reporting...

this place is a health and safty nightmare sometimes,

But always during the flooding in Samui, i never go out

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Terrible tragedy - though as many have stated, not unexpected due to the commonality of shoddy workmanship and almost universal disregard for the dangers of electricity you see daily in Thailand.

Note to the news editor: 'Electrocuted to death' is redundant. Electrocuted literally means killed by electricity. The non-lethal alternative is 'electrified' or 'shocked'.

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OK Mr. safety poster boy, care to explain why there are so many ungrounded electrical outlets causing death in Thailand?

Probably because the buildings' grounding system hasn't been connected to a ground mat or rod and there is no ELCB (for Brits) or GFCI (for Americans) ( aka safety breaker) installed.Anyone who knows that the grounding system in their house/condo isn't correct and doesn't get it fixed is putting their family at risk. Just whining about it on TV doesn't actually achieve anything. Or do we expect Central Government to over regulate and police every thing such that we don't have to do any thinking or take responsibility for our own lifes?

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"and view myself as a grateful guest'....I would at least expect not to get killed by an act of negligent wiring in one of Thailand's major tourist holiday resorts.

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