Workers Compensation injuries are typically an indication of leadership failure. It appears that this company struggles immensely with keeping its workers safe. By knowingly refusing to correct hazardous and preventable situations, The Chehalis Inn & Suites, has continued to expose its employees to dangerous risks. The hotel was recently fined for several serious offenses including four “repeat-serious” violations found two years prior during inspection. WorkersCompensation.com recounts the details.
Tumwater, WA (WorkersCompensation.com) – The Chehalis Inn & Suites has been fined $97,810 for worker safety and health violations including exposing employees to infectious diseases, corrosive chemicals and carcinogenic asbestos.
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) cited the hotel for a total of 31 violations. The citations are the result of two inspections that began in August.
Four of the issues the inn was cited for are considered “repeat-serious” violations because they’re the exact same violations that were found during a July 2013 inspection. They include three repeat-serious violations for potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens from hypodermic needles or other infectious material.
The fourth repeat-serious violation involves the lack of an emergency eyewash and training for employees who work with corrosive cleaning products and pool chemicals.
Along with the repeat violations, L&I cited the facility for 11 serious violations for asbestos exposure during renovation work at the hotel.
During the inspections, the agency discovered 16 other serious and general violations as well, including an unstable second-floor walkway with damaged railing and rotted areas that exposed workers to the possibility of a fall of over eight feet onto an asphalt parking lot. Exposed wires, improperly grounded electrical equipment and other electrical hazards were also found. The hotel wasn’t holding monthly safety meetings for workers, failed to log work-related injuries and illnesses, and did not ensure that employees were trained on how to use a portable fire extinguisher.
Serious violations are cited for hazards where there’s a possibility of serious injury or death. General violations are the lowest level, involving safety issues where there is no possibility of serious injury or death.
The employer has 15 working days to appeal the citation. Penalty money paid as a result of a citation is placed in the workers’ compensation supplemental pension fund, helping workers and families of those who have died on the job.