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89 workers injured in Singapore shipyard accident

SINGAPORE — Eighty-nine workers were injured, some seriously, when an oil rig under construction tilted Monday at a Singapore shipyard, officials said.

The Ministry of Manpower said the accident occurred on an exploration rig being built by Jurong Shipyard Pte. Ltd.

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The rig consists of a platform on three legs that can be raised or lowered. A shipyard spokeswoman said one of the legs failed to operate when workers were testing the structure, causing it to tilt to one side.

The ministry said the injured workers were taken to hospitals and 80 were later discharged. Several remained hospitalized, and one was listed in critical condition.

Work has been halted at the shipyard, and an investigation of the accident was launched.

Jurong Shipyard is a subsidiary of offshore engineering group Sembcorp Marine Ltd., the second-largest oil rig builder in the world.

Singapore, a global financial center, is a major container port and a center for construction and repair of oil tankers and rigs.

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