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Assistance for Pathum Thani disaster victims

ALL WORKERS affected in the building collapse in Pathum Thani will be provided with assistance and compensation as per Thai law regardless of their nationality, Labour Ministry permanent secretary Jeerasak Sukhonthachart said yesterday.

Workers, both Thai and registered migrants, who sustained injuries will be provided a maximum of Bt300,000 to cover treatment costs as well as a specific amount to make up for income lost while they recover. Families of those killed will be given Bt30,000 for funeral costs as well as 60 per cent of the total money they earned over the past eight years.

Meanwhile, workers who are not beneficiaries of the Social Security Office (SSO) will be given money under SSO regulations, Jeerasak said. A centre to help those affected has been set up near the site located in Pathum Thani's Klong Luang district.

Five workers with serious injuries are being treated at several hospitals, Dr Surat Sukprasert, a deputy director at Pathum Thani Hospital, said, adding that one of them is a three-month pregnant woman. He went on to say that all treatment costs for these five people would be taken care of under welfare benefits.

Thianrat Nawamarat, chief of the Pathum Thani labour office, said Plook Plang Co Ltd - the construction company - was being investigated to see if it had violated any labour or relevant laws. She said another sum would be paid to workers who have lost body parts or end up with disabilities.




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