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Federal investigators have found five safety violations stemming from poor worker training at a company where an explosion in May killed two workers and injured two others.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Wright-Malta Corp. $6,150 for the violations.

The company failed to properly train and supervise four mechanical technicians who had been ordered to dismantle an old warehouse with a torch, according to the OSHA report filed last week.

The four employees suffered severe burns when the torch set off an explosion. They were airlifted to the burn unit of Westchester Medical Center, where two later died from their injuries.

Wright-Malta has until Dec. 3 to respond. The company tests artillery for the Watervliet Arsenal near Albany.

Police said the accident was not related to the company's weapons testing.

Malta is 21 miles north of Albany.