Labour Minister Shows Concern and Gives Relief for Families of Deceased Workers in Wastewater Treatment Plant in Songkhla

Date: 
Thursday, 15 August 2019

           The Labour Minister showed concern for workers and urged local agencies in the area to investigate and aid the families of the deceased and those who suffered from suffocation from the repair of the wastewater treatment plant in the Songkhla production plant, ensuring rights according to the legal benefits. The Labour Minister reported that if an employee registers for social security, they will be protected according to the benefits specified by the law.

           On August 15, 2019, Labour Minister M.R. Chatumongol Sonakul showed concerns about the workers who died due to suffocation during repair of wastewater treatment ponds in the latex factory in Songkhla province. The incident resulted in 3 deaths and 1 worker left in severe condition in the ICU. The Labour Minister instructed agencies under the Ministry of Labour in Songkhla to accelerate the investigation and provide close assistance to families of employees who died and are affected by the incident, to receive legal benefits.

           The investigation found that the scene of the incident was at Tatwin Company Limited, located at 574/1 Moo 5, Phangla, Sadao, Songkhla. The company operates in the concentrated latex production business with 290 employees and employs workers under EGS Southern Company Limited to improve wastewater treatment ponds. On the day of the incident (August 13, 2019) at approximately 13.00 hours, Mr. Sanit (surname unknown) and engineer who owns the company, took employees to repair the wastewater treatment pond which was 1.5 meters deep and 1.5 meters wide. At the time of repair, the workers identified areas that needed to be fixed and therefore assigned 2 employees (names unknown) to fix the damaged areas. Both employees fainted and became unconscious. Mr. Sanit went down into the pond with 1 employee, and both became unconscious. Employees who witnessed the scene could smell hydrogen sulfide and therefore looked for staff to help bring the 4 people out of the pond. They then called an emergency ambulance which sent the 1 employee to Padang Bazaar Hospital and 2 to Songklanagarind Hospital in Hat Yai. All 3 patients died. Mr. Sanit was delivered to Hat Yai Hospital and is currently in the ICU room.
           As for support to the families of the deceased and those who suffered from work and are currently in treatment, agencies under the Ministry of Labour in Songkhla province are investigating the insured status of all 3 decreased employees and another severely injured, to help in the treatment. If the employee is an insured person in the social security system, relatives will receive a funeral fee of 33,000 Baht per person. The compensation is 70 percent of the monthly wage for 10 years, and medical expenses and compensation for hospitalized employees are included.
 

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Division of Public Relations/
News by Chaninthorn Phettab/
Information by Department of Labour Protection and Welfare/
15 August 2019