Aug 28, 2009 4:37 PM by Associated Press
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 Coatings 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.