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I guess if Thailand wants to be first world it needs building standards, inspections, enforcement plus proper education and certification of electricians. Until this happens, dont expect any change.

This is it in a nutshell. The goverment needs to drive this but this would be one more thing to the list of things they need to fix. I have seen bare live terminals on a building site in Pattaya and the wiring on poles along the streets looks like it was done by a bunch of drunken monkeys. The government needs to put the issue of safe electric high on its agenda or many more will die. I don't live in Thailand. Could some retired electrical engineer living here set up a commitee to lobby government? Would it have any impact?

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From a Thai physics paper:

Q: If Thai electricity is not behaving in the approved manner, should you:

a. Pour water on it

b. Go to the wat and make merit

c. Smile shyly and pretend you have an urgent appointment on the other side of town

d. Blame the previous government (or better still, Cambodia)

e. Go out and play football with a friend of the opposite sex

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There is more to this story than meets the eye, it seems that Fedor Samsonov was not all that he seemd to be.

I have it from a very good and reliable source that our inocent tourist, Mr. Samsonov, was in fact none other than, Colonel Samsonov of the FSB, from a long line of illustrious Soviet military officers.

He was the son of Colonel-general. VIKTOR SAMSONOV, CIS, Chief of Staff and Grandson of Fedor Aleksandrovich Samsonov, Soviet military commander, Colonel general of the artillery (1944). Member of the CPSU:

http://chimuchyo.egloos.com/1176039

http://encyclopedia2.../Fedor+Samsonov

http://www.generals....viet_Union.html

Indeed, Colonel Fedor Samsonov is rumoured to have been involved in the betrayal of Viktor Bout to the American authorities in a sting operation which led to his arrest at a famous Bangkok Hotel and his subsequent extradition to the US recently.

He was enjoying a well earned break from his work with his family, when disaster struck.

It seems that Hotel accidents often happen in strange ways here in the Kingdom of Smiles.

Police have yet to release their technical report on the electrical wiring in the swimming pool bridge area and are seeking to interview two Russian Chechen tourists believed to have stayed at the Dewa Karon Beach Resort and who checked out earlier that evening.

Interesting story but l hope those who are thinking of a 5 star holiday here COMPLETELY understand the possible risks.

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When are they going to learn,and what is high voltage doing near a pool, it beggas belief, i am sick of hearing about these needless deaths, i am not a sparkie, but i know you cant have 240v near water in OZ, i feel for the family, it is so sad that someone has lost their loved one and father, it is beyond belief.

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Have heard often that Thai electricity is different - doesn't need grounding.

Looking for a job? You could be an electrical engineering inspector.

Just think of the Tea money you could make you could just show them your volt meter and hold your hat out.

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I guess if Thailand wants to be first world it needs building standards, inspections, enforcement plus proper education and certification of electricians. Until this happens, dont expect any change.

This is it in a nutshell. The goverment needs to drive this but this would be one more thing to the list of things they need to fix. I have seen bare live terminals on a building site in Pattaya and the wiring on poles along the streets looks like it was done by a bunch of drunken monkeys. The government needs to put the issue of safe electric high on its agenda or many more will die. I don't live in Thailand. Could some retired electrical engineer living here set up a commitee to lobby government? Would it have any impact?

Not a whit if the advice comes from a farang. Thai's believe they are the superior race on this planet and already know everything.

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I guess if Thailand wants to be first world it needs building standards, inspections, enforcement plus proper education and certification of electricians. Until this happens, dont expect any change.

This is it in a nutshell. The goverment needs to drive this but this would be one more thing to the list of things they need to fix. I have seen bare live terminals on a building site in Pattaya and the wiring on poles along the streets looks like it was done by a bunch of drunken monkeys. The government needs to put the issue of safe electric high on its agenda or many more will die. I don't live in Thailand. Could some retired electrical engineer living here set up a commitee to lobby government? Would it have any impact?

Not a whit if the advice comes from a farang. Thai's believe they are the superior race on this planet and already know everything.

Yep my LOS family has learned a lot, the lad thought the planes that land at our airport were Thai built, clap2.gif I called him a blether-ing idiot. cowboy.gif

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Have heard often that Thai electricity is different - doesn't need grounding.

Looking for a job? You could be an electrical engineering inspector.

Just think of the Tea money you could make you could just show them your volt meter and hold your hat out.

Do you happen know whether Thai volts are the same as western volts? rolleyes.gif

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I stayed in a hotel on the beach in Karon in 2010 and was close to being killed when using the shower. I turned the hot water on and then whilst the two taps were running, I tried to turn the heat down and was just held to the tap and was being electrocuted. I could not let go of the tap and my whole body was convulsing. I yelled to my partner in the other room but she was watching television and could not hear me. I finally managed to punch my hand off the tap by using my other shaking arm. I told the management and apart from an apology, there was no compensation, even a reduced room rate was refused. The maintainence came in the next day and changed the water heater. We switched rooms but I found that for rest of the trip, I could not have a shower without flip flops (thongs) on and a constent paranoia that it was going to happen again. Thailand is notorious for it's bad electrical work. I was lucky and the Russian was not.

Rest In Peace and condolences to the familes.

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Same old sad story. A decent RCD would have tripped when the small girl got the mild shock. Let us hope that an existing device was not bypassed because it had been causing 'inconvenience' to the staff.

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Because I have a healthy respect for my wellbeing I have my pool lights disconnected, I just don't trust the guy who did the wiring.

RIP to the Russian guy.

Wise decision.

I had a Thai electrician install a more efficient water heater in one of my bathrooms. I insisted that he would call me for me to go and see the installation before replacing the ceiling tiles. I saw that the green grounding wire was lose. Connect it, please. I asked the electrician.

"Why you want it connected?, the "electrician" retorted. "It will work that way", was his authoritative final statement.

Understanding that safety and maintenance are obscure concepts in animistic Thailand I said. "You do not finish installation I will not pay. The green wire is there for a reason. "

After a few minutes, he was about to cut off the green wire. I stopped him in time and repeated it my warning.

After a few uncomfortable minutes of silence he confessed he did not know what to do with the green wire. He was an ostensible licensed electrician!

TIT land of "coincidences" and other types of calamities.

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