Mexico Crane Failure Kills 7 at ICA Fluor Assembly Site

Seven workers assembling an offshore oil rig were killed in a crane failure in Mexico, the deadliest accident ever for a joint venture between construction companies Empresas ICA SAB and Fluor Corp.

The employees were in a personnel carrier that fell from a height of about 40 meters (130 feet) while suspended from a crane, Mexico City-based ICA said today in a statement. An eighth person was injured and is in serious condition, according to an e-mailed statement from Irving, Texas-based Fluor.

The victims were working on the Ayatsil-C platform being built for state-owned oil producer Petroleos Mexicanos, ICA said. At the time, the employees were removing scaffolding, ICA said.

The accident, which occurred yesterday at the Matarredonda fabrication yard in Veracruz, caused the highest death toll in the 21-year history of ICA Fluor, an engineering partnership between the Mexican and U.S. companies, according to Brian Mershon, a spokesman for Fluor.

ICA Fluor is cooperating with an investigation by authorities and is “providing support for the affected families and the injured worker,” Mershon said by e-mail.

Mexico had 1,534 workplace fatalities in 2012, down 2.8 percent from a year earlier, according to the International Labor Organization. The 2012 figures were the latest available.

ICA Fluor was founded in 1993 to build petrochemical, mining, industrial, power and other infrastructure projects in Mexico and parts of Central America, according to an ICA filing. ICA owns 51 percent of the venture and Fluor the remaining portion. ICA Fluor had revenue of 10.1 billion pesos ($779.1 million) in 2013.

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