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Feds place blame after platform explosion

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago November 04, 2013 Nov 4, 2013 Monday, November 04 2013 November 04, 2013 8:24 PM in News
Source: WBRZ, AP, reports
By: Trey Schmaltz

NEW ORLEANS- An offshore company and contractors are blamed for an explosion on an oil platform that killed three workers last year.

The men were using a torch to cut pipes on the platform off the coast of Louisiana when pipes ignited. They were refurbishing the platform about 20 miles south of Grand Isle.

Federal regulators said storage tanks were not properly purged of flammable liquid before the crew was cleared to perform their work, a TV station in New Orleans reported Monday. Investigators believe gas vapors ignited and flames traveled to three storage tanks.

The men worked for Grand Isle Shipyard Inc., which was under contract with Texas-based Black Elk.

Some of the crewmen who survived the blast were treated at a hospital in Baton Rouge.
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