The California–based contractor that employed the five workers who were killed has had safety violations in the past, including citations that involved two deaths.
RPI coating was one of three contractors fined for safety violations that contributed to the death of an RPI worker on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.
The company was also cited and fined $18,000 in connection with another accident during work on the bridge the year before, when scaffolding fell killing a passing motorist.
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