Region 5 News Release: V-177
May 9, 2000
Contact: GARY J. ANDERSON
PHONE: (708) 891-3800
Proposed Penalty Totals $157,350
OSHA ISSUES CITATIONS TO HEAVEN ON EARTH INNS INC. FOR ALLEGED WORKPLACE SAFETY VIOLATIONS
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations to Heaven On Earth Inns Inc. alleging eight safety and health violations at the Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, in Chicago. The proposed penalties total $157,350.
According to Gary J. Anderson, OSHA's area director in Calumet City, a referral from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency alleged that hotel employees were exposed to asbestos. The inspection began on November 9, 1999. OSHA has issued citations alleging three willful violations, three serious violations, and two other-than-serious violations.
The willful violations alleged the employer failed to determine the presence, location, and quantity of asbestos- containing materials, failed to post warning signs, and failed to train employees on the hazards and safe cleanup of spills of asbestos-containing materials.
The serious violations alleged the employer failed to implement a lockout/tagout program, failed to provide electrical safety training, lacked a hazard communication program, and lacked material safety data sheets.
Heaven On Earth Inns Inc. is headquartered in Boone, N.C. The Blackstone Hotel employs approximately 80 employees.
OSHA defines a willful violation as one in which the employer either knew that a workplace condition was a violation or was aware that a hazardous condition existed and made no reasonable effort to correct it.
A serious violation is defined as a hazardous condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
Heaven On Earth Inns Inc. has 15 working days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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