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Mar 30, 2012 9:46 AM by AP

1 dead after platform collapses in scrapyard

GIBSON, La. (AP) - Terrebonne Parish authorities say a 54-year-old Alabama man died after a metal wall fell on him at a scrapyard in Gibson.

Sheriff's deputies tell The Courier that Anthony Giles of Rockford, Ala., was cutting iron with a blowtorch on an offshore oil platform when it collapsed shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday.

A crane lifted the wall from Giles.

Deputies say he was responsive and coherent when rescuers arrived but died shortly before 3 p.m. at Terrebonne General Medical Center.

Coroner's investigator Danny Theriot says an autopsy is scheduled Friday.

The accident occurred at Modern American Recycling Services in Gibson, which did not immediately return a message left by the Courier at its corporate office in Mandeville. The company's website describes it as the nation's largest barge dismantler.

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