Report Slams Xcel Over Fatal Hydro Plant Accident

Law360, New York (August 26, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has accused Xcel Energy Inc. and one of its contractors of failing to address “several vital safety failures” in advance of a deadly fire inside an Xcel hydroelectric plant tunnel in Colorado that killed five workers and injured several others in 2007.

The CSB report, released Wednesday, identifies several causes of the fatal accident in 2007, including a lack of planning and training for hazardous work by Xcel and contractor RPI Coating Inc., Xcel's selection of RPI as its contractor despite...
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