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Add dangerous lifts to Pattaya hazards - ten injured as hotel elevator plunges

 

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PATTAYA: -- Nine district officials at a seminar in a Pattaya hotel plunged from the seventh floor to the first floor as an elevator fell down the shaft.

 

Then to add insult to serious injury the hotel staff refused to help saying they had to wait for the insurance company to arrive.

 

After the district chiefs mounted their own rescue efforts and help arrived the hotel finally took some responsibility for the accident.

 

They face prosecution for negligence but can only be fined 10,000 baht.

 

There were ten people in the lift that went from the second floor to the seventh where the guests were staying. As one man was getting out the lift suddenly fell.

 

Somjai Thee-oat, 50, from Phitsanuloke said he was lucky to still be alive. His clothing was ripped as he managed to scramble to safety. But nine others plunged down in the lift.

 

They were taken to hospital where one was in a serious condition. The accident happened on Monday evening when 128 local officials from all over Thailand were staying in the central Pattaya hotel.

 

It was not named in the Thai Rath report and the condition of the injured was not reported.

 

Tanakrit Akaradechkunchorn, 51, an official from Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, said that he was waiting to board another lift. He said he did not hear any warning sound that his colleagues' lift was overloaded.

 

He said that the hotel were reluctant to help at all. Only when inspectors arrived did they decide to pay the bills of those injured.

 

Police are investigating and are looking at the lift maintenance records ahead of possible charges for negligence.

 

But they said that the law only allows for a fine of 10,000 baht.

 

Source: Thairath

 
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Maintenance records?. Yes they are currently being produced for inspection.

 

Maintenance carried out by qualified mechanics.? Yes sure.

 

For a lift to fall uncontrolled, there had to be a failure of many safety controls simultaneously. More likely, the safety were bridged or bypassed because they detected faults and stopped b the lifts operating.

 

Much easier in Thailand to remove the warning signs rather than fix the actual problem.

 

 

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Must be an old hotel (>30 years) to have marble and wood on the same wall...

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2 hours ago, scubascuba3 said:

If only they'd jumped up just before impact

But how would you know when to jump?

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Somebody stole the emergency breaks and tried to install them to their private pick-up truck in a try to move the carnage from the roads to the all so ever complaining tourists.

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I recently stayed in that hotel. I guess, never again.

Is it because of that computer crime act, that there is no name given?

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7 minutes ago, Wiggy said:

But how would you know when to jump?

The theory is that you jump up and down, therefore giving you a 50% chance of being in the air upon impact. That is the theory anyway. :shock1:

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Overloading should not be an issue as there is lots of redundency built into cable system. If they are overloaded the cables stretch and at the lower levels the lift has docking problems and the doors won't open. There are obviously a couple of safety systems not working most probably bypassed. 

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13 minutes ago, Wiggy said:

But how would you know when to jump?

You keep jumping up and down, that way you have a 50% chance of surviving.?

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Ask the chief of police is this one of the natural wonders he was on about. Can only be fined 10000 baht amazing thailand. You just cant make it up

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No need to add it to my list. It's already on there. And no reason to just add to Pattaya list, better would be Thailand list. Maintaining lifts properly is not cheap (I know, I know, a drop is more expensive to fix, but planning ahead not strong suit). Run systems until they fail seems to be rule of thumb.  10,000 baht fine? Shiver me timbers.

 "... hotel staff refused to help saying they had to wait for the insurance company to arrive." Bloody hell. Management should go to jail, and who knows, maybe since government official types were injured, might even happen this one time.

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