The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued 17 safety violations to a hotel in Hawaii for hazardous working conditions, according to Hawaii News Now. OSHA officials inspected a hotel in Waikiki owner by the Halekulani Corp. Fourteen of the 17 violations were classified as “serious”.
Citations were issued for employers failing to provide proper personal protective equipment to workers, a lack of fire extinguishers and a lack of appropriate electrical equipment. Proposed penalties total $49,000.
“The hotel industry is one of the biggest employers in Hawaii, and it’s critical that owners and operators have strong safety and health programs,” said regional OSHA director Galen Lemke. “Halekulani has an obligation to protect its staff and ensure a safe working environment.”
Halekulani will have 15 business days after receiving its official statement from OSHA to agree to pay the fines or request a hearing.
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