Jury selection began this week for what is expected to be a long and complicated trial over the deaths of three Louisiana workers at an offshore oil rig in 2012. The three men died as a result of an explosion and fire on the rig while it was not producing oil. The case combines nine lawsuits involving the platform’s owner, Black Elk Energy, relatives of the workers killed in the accident, injured workers and companies that were working for Black Elk. In a 2013 report on the blast, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said storage tanks weren’t properly purged of flammable liquid before a crew began welding nearby.
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