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Feds cite luxury Waikiki hotel for violations

HONOLULU (AP) -- 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 Tuesday 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 Corp. Chief Operating Officer Peter Shaindlin says safety of staff and guests is a priority. The company says all of the issues brought up at the January inspection were immediately addressed and the hotel is working to address any other subsequent citations.