“Crane collapse caused a man-basket with eight workers to fall 40 meters”

A June 11 crane collapse caused a man-basket with eight workers to fall 40 meters (130 ft) to the ground, killing seven of them, at a fabrication yard in Mexico owned by a joint venture of Fluor Corp. and Empresas ICA, S.A.B. de C.V., the two firms confirmed in statements.

One worker is in serious condition after the accident at the Matarredonda fabrication yard in Veracruz state. ICA-Fluor’s work at the yard is part of the joint venture’s contract to build the 11,832-ton Ayatsil-C offshore Gulf of Mexico oil platform for Mexican oil giant Pemex. The companies have said the contract is valued at $95-million. 

According to Fluor, six of the dead workers are employed by ICA-Fluor and one by ESE ASA, a Mexican industrial crane rental and transportation firm.

ICA, which is based in Mexico City, said the workers were being lifted by a 600-ton Manitowoc crane, but that the accident cause is “unknown.” The firm added that Industria del Hierro, an affiliate at whose construction site the accident occured, is investigating along with government authorities.

“We are currently reaching out to assist the injured and the families of those who lost their lives,” said the ICA statement. “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.”

ICA spokespersons did not return requests for additional information.

Fluor declined further comment on possible causes of the crane collapse.

“We are cooperating with all authorities in the investigation that is under way and providing support for the affected families and the injured worker,” said the Fluor statement.

According to a report by Bloomberg, ICA-Fluor said the accident was the deadliest since the joint venture was formed in 1993. ICA, which says it is Mexico’s largest infrastructure company, owns 51% of the venture.

Fluor said in 2012 that the platform, reaching a depth of 132 meters, will be the first structure of its size to be installed by Pemex.

The project had been set for completion by the end of 2013.

Published By:  ENR (Engineering News Record) on 18/06/2014

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