Three dead, 17 injured in Thai building collapse: police

Rescue workers search through the rubble of a collapsed condominium building, which had been under construction, in Pathum Thani province, on the outskirts of Bangkok, August 11, 2014. The six-storey condominium building in Thanyaburi district collap
Rescue workers search through the rubble of a collapsed condominium building, which had been under construction, in Pathum Thani province, on the outskirts of Bangkok, August 11, 2014. The six-storey condominium building in Thanyaburi district collapsed on Monday evening, killing at least three people and injuring 17 others, local media reported. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - At least three workers died and 17 others were injured when a six-storey building under construction collapsed just outside Bangkok, police said Monday, as rescuers searched for an unknown number of missing people.

The planned student accommodation block crashed down at around 4.30pm in Pathum Thani province, north of the capital, a police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"Three construction workers were found dead and 17 injured were rescued," said the officer.

Rescue workers and police were using cranes to search for any people trapped inside the debris late Monday.

"We can't say how many are trapped inside but we are working hard to rescue them," the officer said, adding that police would launch an investigation into why the building collapsed.

Labour groups have warned about lax safety standards and low wages at Thai construction sites, especially for migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, who are often paid below the country's minimum daily wage.

The nation has seen a building boom in recent years as the property market has soared.