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Thai-Rama 2, BKK, huge metal billboard (20x30m) comes crashing down, this one on a store, 1 person hurt

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Falling Billboard Kills Woman
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2012, 12:05:19 PM »
Falling Billboard Kills Woman

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has filed a case against the owner of a billboard that fell due to strong winds and killed a 50 year old woman, Janya Suwannabut, on Rama II road.

The billboard fell and broke Ms Janya’s head and although she was rushed to Banpakok 9 International Hospital she succumbed to the injury and died.

Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra promptly issued instructions for all billboards across Thailand to be inspected and for the unsecured ones to be torn down.

A meeting will be held today to discuss safety measures and laws against the installation of illegal billboards.

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Re: Thai-LANG BKK, huge metal billboard (20x30m) crashing down video
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2012, 12:46:00 PM »
Signs of trouble

Large billboards dot the landscape of Bangkok in every direction, creating not only a visual hazard but a physical one as well. Despite stringent safety standards, they still collapse, killing and maiming people.

On Sunday, a 30-metre-high advertising cut-out was blown down by a strong wind, crashing onto a shop front on Rama II Road where Janya Suwannabutr was working.

The 50-year-old worker succumbed to his injuries while being treated at a hospital the following day.

His death is the latest to have been caused by 48 cases of billboard-related accidents since City Hall began recording them seven years ago.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) revealed that 2007 was a particularly tragic year with 11 cases of billboards collapsing, killing one person, injuring 18 and damaging four vehicles.

Subsequent damage and injuries have spurred city officials to conduct a thorough check of billboards across Bangkok and even consider enforcing stricter laws to ensure more safety.

Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra has ordered all 50 districts to inspect the safety of billboards erected in their areas and test their sturdiness to withstand the elements.

The latest inspection in July found 142 of 945 billboards in the capital were illegally installed.

Of the problem boards, 112 were built without permission while the other 30 were put up using blueprints that had not been approved.

The 2001 city ordinance on building controls states the size of a roadside billboard cannot exceed 30 metres high and 32 metres long.

City Hall imposed additional regulations in 2006, prohibiting billboard installation in certain areas. The boards must be built at least 50 metres away from railroads, expressways, 106 busy roads and the Chao Phraya River.

The restriction increases to 200 metres from roads in heavy traffic areas at the Victory Monument, the Laksi Monument and the King Taksin Monument.

Deputy city clerk Jumpol Sampaopol said Bangkok needs to take more serious action to address the billboard safety problem.

There must be stricter inspections and stronger laws against wrongdoers.

According to the July inspection, Lat Krabang has the highest number of illegal, large-sized billboards, at 22, followed by Prawet (14), Sathon (11), Suan Luang (8) and Don Muang (7).

At least two approaches to the problem have been suggested.

MR Sukhumbhand has instructed City Hall officials to sue those responsible and remove the illegal billboards.

The governor has taken an interest in the city's Public Works Department's proposal to draft even more regulations to improve the strength of billboards and cut-outs.

Bangkok's 50 district offices have been given funding of 70 million baht to remove illegal billboards. The dismantling work can start immediately if billboard owners do not challenge City Hall's removal order in court, Mr Jumpol said.

The billboards at the centre of a trial will be frequently inspected to prevent possible accidents, he said.

Billboard owners are required by law to have engineers check billboards' structural soundness and send the results to officials every year in order to have them certified.

For the future, the Public Works Department is considering drafting a new regulation requiring more reinforcements to new billboards so that they can better resist strong winds, said department chief Winai Limsakun.

The proposed law is likely to be approved because it aims at preparing Bangkok for unpredictable weather conditions in the future, he said.

However, such legal approaches are not enough to ensure utmost safety. City Hall needs cooperation from Bangkokians.

"Avoid conducting trade under large billboards," Mr Jumpol said. They can also help by looking to see whether billboards are firmly attached to their bases

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.