State fines Chehalis hotel nearly $98,000 for violations

TUMWATER — State workplace regulators have fined the Chehalis Inn &Suites nearly $98,000 for violating worker safety and health laws.

The Department of Labor and Industries said Tuesday that the hotel exposed employees to infectious diseases, corrosive chemicals and asbestos.

The agency cited the hotel for 31 workplace violations, including four considered serious and repeat violations. The agency also cited the hotel for asbestos exposure during renovation work at the hotel.

The violations are the result of two inspections that began in August. Inspectors found problems, including an unstable second-floor walkway, exposed wires and other electrical hazards were also found.

The hotel owner has 15 working days to appeal.

Messages left with the hotel manager and hotel owner Tuesday evening were not immediately returned.

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