BANGKOK Feb 25 A hospital under construction
just east of Bangkok's main airport collapsed on Tuesday,
killing at least 11 people and injuring 16, police said.
"The building collapsed, killing 11 construction workers,"
said Korawat Hanpradit, superintendent of Bang Phli police
station in Samut Prakarn province.
Some of the injured were in critical condition, hospital
Emergency workers were checking for survivors who may still
be trapped under the rubble at the construction site 20 km (12
miles) from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport.
Rights groups have criticised Thailand's lax worker safety
records, particularly in regard to migrants from neighbouring
Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, who make up around five percent of
the country's workforce.
Many of them toil in low-paying jobs in factories,
construction sites and on rickety fishing boats.
(Reporting by Aukkarapon Niyomyat; Writing by Amy Sawitta
Lefevre; Editing by Nick Macfie and Ron Popeski)