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Originally published Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM

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Feds cite luxury Waikiki hotel for safety violations

The 5-star Halekulani Hotel has been cited for 14 serious violations, said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Associated Press

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HONOLULU — Federal regulators want to fine a luxury Waikiki hotel nearly $50,000 for safety violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Tuesday that Halekulani Hotel has been cited for 14 serious violations.

OSHA began investigating in January during a routine inspection of the five-star, 450-room hotel with more than 800 employees. Violations include fire extinguishers that were not inspected, inappropriate respirators for employees working on the pool filtration area and inadequate protection from thermal electrical burns for maintenance workers.

Halekulani has 15 days to comply or contest the findings.

Hotel representatives didn’t immediately comment.

OSHA Honolulu area office Director Galen Lemke says the hotel industry is one of the biggest employers in Hawaii and hotels have an obligation to protect workers.

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