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Mexico Crane Failure Kills 7 at ICA Fluor Assembly Site

Empresas ICA SAB and Fluor Corp. are working with Mexican investigators to determine the causes of an accident that killed seven workers assembling an offshore rig for state-owned oil producer Petroleos Mexicanos.

The victims 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 yesterday 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 accident, which occurred June 11 at the Matarredonda fabrication yard in Veracruz state, was the deadliest 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. The victims were removing scaffolding from the Ayatsil-C platform being built for Pemex, ICA said.

ICA and Fluor are “conducting the site investigations in coordination with the government authorities,” the Mexican builder said. “We will allocate the necessary resources to determine as soon as possible the cause of the accident and implement any necessary preventive measures in the future.”

The companies are also “providing support for the affected families and the injured worker,” Mershon said by e-mail.

ICA fell 1.4 percent to 26.18 pesos in Mexico City yesterday. Fluor slid 1.2 percent to $77.47 in New York.

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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