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One killed, 10 injured in 'international concert' stage collapse in Thailand

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One Killed In 'International Concert' Stage Collapse
By Khaosod English

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BANGKOK: -- One person has been killed and at least 10 injured when a concert stage collapsed before its scheduled performance in Udon Thani province.

Police in Mueang district received reports of the incident at around 00.30 this morning, which took place at Vessuwan event site in Nakhon Udon Thani Municipality compound.

Rescue workers and police officers arrived at the scene to discover that the entire right-hand side of the concert stage has collapsed, along with a large projector mounted on the metal structure. 11 people were trapped inside the wreckage at the time the police arrived, one of them severely injured.

The rescue workers eventually managed to extract all wounded victims from underneath the collapsed structures, but one of them later passed away at hospital.

Mr. Pachanapan Sornjai, 36, identified himself as the manager of concert stage construction under AV System company and told police that his team was preparing the stage for an international music event called MTV Exit Live In Udon Thani, which is due to open its door on 15 March.

The event, unrelated to a US-based music corporation with the same name, was slated to feature many famous Thai bands such as Body Slam, Slot Machine, and Kala, along with guest rock and pop musicians from neighbouring countries, including Malaysia and Laos, according to Mr. Pacharapan.

The manager told police that over 20 staff were perched on the concert stage structures to install lighting equipment when some metal joints moved away from their locking spots, causing the entire structure to collapse by enourmous weight of the giant projector and other equipment.

Mr. Pacharapan said he would consult with the company executives whether to postpone the concert.

The police did not immediately press charges against anyone, stating that a further investigation is needed.

Source: http://en.khaosod.co.th/detail.php?newsid=1394696038

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-- Khaosod English 2014-03-13

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This is tragic. My wife has worked with AV system many times and they are very professional.

I do wonder what happened. This kind of thing has happened once or twice with the other lighting companies.

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"over 20 staff were perched on the concert stage structures to install lighting equipment"

Might be a clue as to why it happened??

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my thoughts to the dead and injured seen a little of this type construction all to temporary not locked in very tightly lots of swaying and creaking going on but hey who would believe it i would

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"over 20 staff were perched on the concert stage structures to install lighting equipment"

Might be a clue as to why it happened??

The structure is supposed to handle this. Do you know how much one 1200W moving head weighs? 50kg+. Sometimes, 20 or more are mounted on a 10 meter truss. The 50x50 trusses. I don't remember their carrying capacity, but it is a lot.

My guess is the staging foundation shifted.

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Did it happen when "Carabao" performed his local hit: Made in Thailand...?

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This is tragic. My wife has worked with AV system many times and they are very professional.

I do wonder what happened. This kind of thing has happened once or twice with the other lighting companies.

No liability, no accountability, and baht justice. There's your very professional

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my thoughts to the dead and injured seen a little of this type construction all to temporary not locked in very tightly lots of swaying and creaking going on but hey who would believe it i would

I have been to around 1.000 concerts here with stages like this and can honestly say I have never seen any swaying or creaking, Thais really are not stupid when it comes to putting these things up, accidents really can happen anywhere, even in Thailand!

Sorry but didn't you know Thailand cannot have accidents.

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>>an international music event called MTV Exit Live In Udon Thani, The event, unrelated to a US-based music corporation with the same name

Pure coincidence the name is the same and it was thought up here, but in no way did they mean to infer it was related to MTV, righttttttttttttt?

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