Pattaya Daily News

26 July 2010 :: 15:07:34 pm 33516

Investigative Teams Maintain Silence Over Lift Disaster

As yet, no explanation has been provided by the company responsible for maintenance of the lift which plummeted 10 floors injuring 16 people on Saturday. Investigations are ongoing between the maintenance company and local Pattaya police, who have been reluctant to comment on the incident.
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Pattaya, the 25th of July 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Following the devastating lift accident at the Welcome Jomtien Hotel on Saturday, in which 16 people were seriously injured, investigative teams examining the incident stated that details would not be released until the analysis was completed.

As of Monday morning, the lift, which plummeted 10 floors before slamming into the ground level of the hotel, remains stuck at the base of the lift shaft. An unnamed representative from the investigative team suggested that it might take up to one week to understand the full cause of the accident.

Reportedly, the company responsible for the maintenance of the lift, a Thai-American joint venture, stated that the group had been responsible for the lifts at the Welcome Jomtien Hotel for over 10 years without a prior incident.

Lift maintenance teams have since met with lead investigative officer Lieutenant Colonel Tarathep Toopanich to discuss the company’s policies and the ongoing investigations.

The company has revealed that it will fully cover the cost of all damages and the medical costs of those affected by the accident, while Lt. Col. Toopanich revealed that statements from the injured are still being obtained.

Mr. Watchara Polsrila [29] one of the injured in Saturdays accident, explained that all the people in the lift had entered at the 18th floor following the completion of a business seminar. He stated, “no lights or emergency warnings sounded prior to the lift falling.”

According to the maintenance company, the lift had a declared “safe” weight capacity of 1000kg (approximately 10-15 people).

Reporter : Wirraphun   Photo : Wirraphun   Category : Community News

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