Three get suspended jail term in fatal chemical accident at SCB

The Criminal Court on Thursday (Dec 21) sentenced three people to two years each in jail, suspended for three years, and a fine of 20,000 baht each, and a company to a fine of 20,000 baht for carelessness causing a chemical accident that killed eight people and injured seven others at Siam Commercial Bank’s (SCB) head office on March 13, 2016.

In this case, the public prosecutors indicted eight people and two companies.

The eight people are Napong Suksanugan, 44, managing director of Mega Planet; Adisorn Foda, 50, a company director; Jirawat Prempri, 29, the company’s engineer supervising SCB’s fire protection system; Somkid Tan-ngam, 58, an executive of Jones Lang LaSalle Management; Somkid Chanhom, 35; Treephob Youngprasertkul, 36; Kajornjit Promdeeratch, 44; and Boonserm Krajard, 35.

The two companies are Mega Planet, which was contracted to improve SCB’s fire protection system, and Jones Lang LaSalle Management Co, which managed the buildings at the bank headquarters in Chatuchak district.

On the night of March 13, 2016, seven workers and one security guard were killed and seven others seriously injured after the pyrogen aerosol fire retardant vapourised in the basement of the bank’s head office.  The workers were assigned to work in a basement room to improve the bank’s fire protection system.

The deaths and injuries were caused by lengthy exposure to the chemicals.

The court found three suspects–Napong, Adisorn and Jirawat–guilty of carelessness causing deaths and injuries and sentenced them to two years each in jail and a fine of 20,000 baht each.  They are also to pay 2.1 million baht compensation plus interests to relatives of three workers who died as they were co-plaintiffs in the case.

The jail sentence was suspended for two years. The court also sentenced Mega Planet to a fine of 20,000 baht.

The court dismissed charges against the other defendants.