Investigators sought arrest warrants Monday for five people in connection with a deadly explosion at the shipyard of local shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding in August that claimed the lives of four workers.
Coast Guard investigators requested the warrants for the five — four of them STX workers and the other the head of a subcontractor. The STX workers were accused of failing to take enough safety measures and the subcontractor chief was accused of forging employment documents for the four ill-fated workers.
The explosion occurred while workers were painting inside a tank of a product carrier on August 20.
Flammable gas from spray paint flew into a lamp lacking explosion-proof measures, investigators have ascertained.