The California Division of Occupational Health and Safety (“Cal/OSHA”) is investigating a three alarm fire at the former site of Hotel Renoir in San Francisco. The mid-market Hotel Renoir fire occurred on Monday, August 4, 2014.
The three-alarm blaze injured eight construction workers from two construction companies who were on site to renovate the former hotel. The property was purchased in 2012 by the Kor Group, who was modernizing the hotel. Cal/OSHA is looking into San Francisco-based Pacific Structures and its Oakland-based subcontractor, Emerald Steel.
Just before the fire started, the crews were installing studs onto an existing structure, so Cal/OSHA is investigating if sparks from welding work caused the fire. Though Emerald Steel has no prior Cal/OSHA violations, Pacific Structure has been inspected six times and was cited for a regulatory violation in 2013 for issues with respiratory protection and piling of materials.
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