2 companies, 2 execs indicted in tunnel deaths

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) – Two companies and two executives have been indicted on federal charges in the deaths of five workers in a fire inside a tunnel at a Colorado hydroelectric plant.

The workers died in October 2007 at Xcel Energy’s Cabin Creek Plant in Georgetown, 35 miles west of Denver.

A Grand Jury indictment made public Friday accuses Xcel, RPI Coating and two RPI Executives of violating Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules.

Officials of Minneapolis-based Xcel didn’t immediately return a call. An attorney for Santa Fe Springs, Calif.-based RPI Coatings said he was reviewing the indictment and couldn’t comment.

The five victims worked for RPI Coatings, which had contracted with Xcel to recoat the tunnel walls.

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