Search for missing oil platform worker ends
Black Elk Energy has halted the search for a worker missing since Friday's fire aboard the company's oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The missing crewman, Jerome Malagapo of the Philippines, was employed by Grand Isle Shipyard Inc., which had a contract with Black Elk to refurbish the platform. The company says in a statement released Tuesday night that it will focus on the victims and their families, including those injured in the incident. The body of 42-year-old Elroy Corporal was found over the weekend. Four workers who suffered burns during the platform fire are being treated at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center. The cause of the explosion and fire aboard the platform remains under investigation. The Houston Chronicle reports initial investigations of the lethal explosion are focusing on the possibility that a torch ignited flammable materials on the site. Such activities that involve burning, welding or other operations capable of starting fires or explosions—called "hot work" in industry parlance—have been blamed for more than 60 deaths in the United States over the past two decades. Read the complete story here.
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