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DLPW to file complaint against Ital-Thai

The Department of Labour Protection and Welfare (DLPW) is considering filing a complaint against Italian-Thai Development for failing to submit a construction site safety plan to the Samut Prakan DLPW Office, DLPW chief Panich Chitchang said on Wednesday.

Italian-Thai Development was in charge of the construction of a building that partially collapsed in Samut Prakan’s Bang Phli district last month, killing 10 labourers and injuring 16 others. The building was part of Mahidol University's Ramathibodi Hospital’s Bt10-billion mega-project.

The Labour Ministry requires all construction projects with a cost of more than Bt300 million to submit such a plan along with employment contracts to the provincial office so that an occupational safety officer is able to oversee the construction and ensure it is safe. Panich said the occupational safety officer would also be questioned as to why he didn't inform the employer to formulate and submit this plan. This case has also prompted DLPW to improve the occupational safety officers' standard nation-wide.

The authority will use the Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Act 2011's ministerial regulation to set punishments and quality criteria for occupational safety officers, as well as changing the officers' licence term from lifelong to up to five years.


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