At present, constructions, modification and demolition of buildings have been ongoing in the Bangkok area. Unexpected accidents happened many times and caused damage to people’s lives and properties.

Consequently, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has set measures to prevent and reduce the mentioned accidents in order to take care of the lives and properties of the people as well as avoid and lessen the risks of accidents that may be caused by instability of buildings and crane falling. Construction operators shall strictly comply with the methods and conditions prescribed in building control laws and occupational safety and health operation manual. The BMA has also worked with Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning, Engineering Institute of Thailand under H.M. the King’s Patronage, Thailand Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Public Organization), Subcommittee on Thai Crane and Lifting Engineering in the Committee on Mechanical Engineering and Thai Technician Volunteer Foundation to inspect construction safety and strength of cranes in construction, modification or demolition projects in the areas of Bangkok Metropolis.

In addition, the construction operators are required to inspect and maintain construction cranes, delivery elevators, and passenger elevators to be in proper and safe conditions for use without causing damage to life, body, or property. The cranes must be at the right size for lifting, placing and raising heavy objects be floated and balanced before they are set in motion at any points. When stopping the daily use of cranes or delivery elevators, the construction supervisor shall provide protection for such cranes or delivery elevators to prevent from sliding, falling or turning that may cause damage to life, body or property. Moreover, a skilled controller must be provided to control the use of cranes, delivery elevators and passenger elevators. If there is any violation, the technician or inspector must report to the local competent official and notify the district office responsible for the area to perform duty as authorized in the Building Control Act B.E. 2522 (1979).

Besides, the BMA has organized training courses on the use of tower cranes, derrick cranes, mobile cranes, and construction elevators to staff who work in building control to improve their work efficiency and apply knowledge gained to monitor, control and recommend the crane operation to construction operators and related parties to use the crane safely. Safety practices will follow the same guidelines for the safety of people’s lives and property.

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