Seven Killed in Accident at Pemex Platform Construction Site

Seven yard workers were killed Tuesday at the construction site of a PEMEX offshore production platform in Veracruz, Mexico, the Mexican construction company ICA confirmed Friday.

The incident occurred June 11 as crews were dismantling a 40-meter tall scaffolding on the Ayatsil-C platform, ICA said in a statement. According to the report, the men were inside a basket supported by a 600t crane when the crane collapsed. An eighth person was also seriously injured in the incident.

The cause of the crane collapse is unknown at this time and under investigation, ICA says.

In 2012, Pemex Exploration and Production contracted ICA Fluor, a joint venture between ICA and Houston-based Fluor Corporation, for the construction of the Ayatsil-C platform for the Ku-Maloob-Zaap field in the Gulf of Mexico.

Weighing 11,832 tons and reaching 132 meters deep, the Ayatsil-C the first structure of this size to be installed by Pemex.