President of Environmental Engineering Association was invited to a meeting with officials of the Industrial Works Department on Monday for discussions on safety measures and the cause of the death of one student and four workers at the waste water pond of Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc in Bang Na on Friday.
One veterinary student and four workers died in the waste water pond presumably due to suffocation. Initial report said the student accidentally fell into the pond and the four workers tried to help her, but also collapsed into unconsciousness.
Industrial Works Department head Mongkol Pruekwattana said that the meeting would try to determine the cause of the death of the five people and to work out proper safety measures to ensure no repeat of the fatal accident.
He said that the CPF's waste water treatment facility in question had been closed down for 30 days pending inspection and rectification. He added that the facility would be allowed to resume operations after it passed inspection checks.
Mr Mongkol said CPF would be fined 200,000 baht and the person responsible for the waste water treatment facility faces two-year jailterm if it was proven that the fatal accident was proven to be the company's fault.
Meanwhile, the Social Insurance Fund will pay compensation to relatives of the four dead workers as follows: 903,000 baht for family of Ms Lakchanok Saenthaveesuk; 806,000 baht Mr Pornsak Boonbarn's family; 1,040,000 baht for Mr Charnchai Panthunakin's family; 640,000 baht for Mr Chatri Seesandon's family.
Earlier, CPF management offered to pay three million baht to each family of the dead victims and to support the education of the victims' offsprings up to university level.
Rescue workers from Ruamkatanyu Foundation have given testimonies to the police in their investigation of the fatal accident.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)