CAMBODIA: Two repairmen were killed on Saturday after an air conditioner they were fixing exploded at a Thai-owned casino in Pailin province.
The two men who worked for the CTS air conditioner repair company in Phnom Penh, had been called to the Pailin Flamingo Casino Hotel to fix a number of floor-standing air conditioners that had broken down when the explosion occurred.
Both men suffered severe burns, resulting in one man dying at the scene and the other whilst on the way to a hospital in Thailand about an hour later.
Commune police chief Chum Voeun said, “We are not sure of the specific reason for the accident yet, but we have concluded that the explosion was caused by the gas inside the air conditioner.”
Deputy provincial police chief Iev Kimsien, who reportedly blamed the technicians for the accident said, “It was a very strong explosion, like a grenade. All the windows nearby were shattered,” adding “The accident was caused by the carelessness of the workers.”
It was reported that the Pailin Flamingo had however agreed to compensate the victim’s families, who recovered the bodies at the casino on Saturday afternoon.