“…as (plaintiff) stepped off the hotel elevator, a large marble tile fell from a wall and onto the child’s head, chest and leg. His bodily injuries were serious, permanent and disabling…”
An Oklahoma woman claims her son was injured at a Galveston hotel and is seeking damages in a suit against the owner. Shawna Martin filed a lawsuit against Neel Shah Hospitality Inc. on Jan. 25 in Galveston County District Court.
According to the suit, Martin and her 8-year-old son were on vacation in Galveston on Jan. 14, 2007, and the boy was injured at the at the Comfort Inn & Suites in the 6300 block of Seawall Boulevard.
“Allowing a loose tile which was inadequately secured to the wall….. posed an unreasonable risk of harm and the defendant had constructive knowledge of that risk,” the original petition says.
The defendant is blamed for:
- Failing to properly and adequately secure the mirror to the wall;
- Failing to perform an adequate inspection to determine whether there was a hazard present;
- Failing to repair said mirror; and
- Failing to warn.
For more: http://setexasrecord.com/news/281053-woman-sues-galveston-hotel-after-marble-tile-strikes-son
“…an employee had accidentally poured chlorine into a container of muriatic acid, causing a chemical reaction…since chlorine was diluted and poured down a drain by an employee, the Region of Peel’s hazardous materials team has also been sent to the hotel…”
A mishap with pool chemicals has forced some of the staff and guests at the Hilton Garden Inn on Traders Blvd. E. to be evacuated from the hotel this morning.
Everyone on the first floor of the building was evacuated as the Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services Department and police arrived. The second floor has now been evacuated after guests reported smelling chlorine. A Mississauga Transit bus has been sent to the hotel at 100 Traders Blvd. E., just east of Hurontario St., to accommodate those who have been forced outside. A decontamination area has been set up to help with the clean-up.
An ambulance has taken one person to Credit Valley Hospital.
For more: http://www.mississauga.com/news/article/1547378–hotel-evacuated-after-pool-chemical-mix-up
“…An assault on guests or theft of their belongings during a hotel stay can result in a court case…the “reasonable person” test is used to determine the outcome. If hotel owners are made aware of a procedure or item in their property that is not keeping the guest safe, they are required to do what a reasonable person would do under those circumstances. “And if they don’t, they’re negligent…”
Recent media reports scrutinizing the vulnerability of guestroom door locks have brought hotel guest safety issues to the forefront of hoteliers’ minds. As the media and traveling public continue to express their concerns, hotel companies are taking steps to ensure a safe environment for guests.
Marriott International, for example, issued a statement on its website that said the company is in the process of implementing solutions to resolve any issues with door locks that could compromise guest safety.
Reevaluating standards and policies
As hotel management companies and major hotel brands continue to review security processes and implement solutions, there are a few points for hoteliers to keep in mind when it comes to guest safety, according to Fred Del Marva, president of hotel consulting firm Del Marva Corporation.
Guest safety starts at the front desk during the check-in process, Del Marva said. The standard policy throughout the industry is for front-desk employees not to verbally issue guests their room numbers, he said.
For more: http://www.hotelnewsnow.com/Articles.aspx?ArticleId=9384&par1=z7Vqd2AtHfkNLvAuP25I0Q==&par2=2EAFVJU1Lms7zTjNNV7iNMJVd1wKf1Q9bx5n/Mqpu2K12/66UcXBIn1NuEvyifCh&goback=.gmp_922967.gde_922967_member_186188808
“…Few of the roughly 4.9 million rooms in 51,214 lodging properties with at least 15 rooms have (carbon monoxide) alarms…From 2010 through Nov. 8, 2102, there were 30 incidents of fire departments or government officials finding elevated levels of CO at U.S. hotels…in the 30 incidents, more than 1,300 people were evacuated, eight died, and at least 170 were affected by CO, treated by medical personnel or hospitalized…”
Neil Hampson was inside his room at a lodge in Alaska during a salmon fishing vacation three years ago when his carbon monoxide alarm sounded. Hampson, a Seattle doctor and expert on carbon monoxide, went to the basement and found the CO level four times higher. He says he turned off the gas for the water heater, and CO levels throughout the building “dropped precipitously.”
A plumber later found that the water heater was improperly vented, he says, and the lodge owner installed CO alarms in each sleeping room. Guests and staff at the lodge near Alaska’s Kenai River were fortunate Hampson carries an alarm which detects the odorless, colorless poison gas that can cause brain damage or be lethal.
Only a handful of state or municipal laws require them, although more than 1,300 people were evacuated nationally from hotels because of high CO levels in recent years.
CO, often called “the silent killer,” is such a threat that the National Fire Protection Association says CO alarms should be near bedrooms in every home.
For more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/hotels/2012/11/15/hotels-carbon-monoxide-alarms/1707863/
A carbon monoxide alarm forced hundreds of guests out of their hotel rooms overnight at the Embassy Suites in Burlingame, near San Francisco International Airport. The hotel’s emergency alarms started sounding around 1 a.m. Thursday morning.
Ralph Gallegos said he didn’t think much of it at first.”At first I thought someone had tripped the alarm,” he said. “About 15 minutes later the police department came on and said we had to evacuate the building.”
“I got out of bed thinking it was a prank and started looking around for some hoodlums so I could give ‘em some grief,” said Jim Heller. “Then I looked out the window and saw first responders waving their flashlights at us, so I decided to evacuate.”
Between 400 and 500 people could be seen wrapped in blankets and curled up on benches outside the hotel, trying to get some sleep as emergency crews went in to test for carbon monoxide.
Investigators traced the poisonous gas to a malfunctioning boiler. Fire crews opened windows and doors in most of the hotel rooms to ventilate the building.
For more: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/Hotel-Evacuated-for-Carbon-Monoxide-Gas-177864481.html
Hotels ranging from a $1,000-a-night luxury lodgings to budget-priced properties are stocking light sticks —
Picture courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C
and in some cases flashlights — specially for the storm.
They’re meant to give guests an extra layer of security, even though all hotels have a generator for at least limited lighting.
At the Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C., turn-down service includes a few light sticks in case the power goes out, says general manager Elizabeth Mullins.
At the Four Seasons New York, each guest who checked in over the weekend was given a small bag with extra water, a flashlight and a note from the hotel’s general manager to make sure that they felt comfortable and knew that assistance was easy to find, says publicist Tiffani Cailor.
The high-end Omni Berkshire Hotel in Midtown Manhattan also has plenty of light sticks on hand, says Omni publicist Emily Easter. Guests will find a few in their room.
The combined Hampton Inn-Homewood Suites hotel tower in downtown Silver Spring, Md., has a box of them ready to hand out to guests in case the hotel loses electricity, which frequently happens in the Washington D.C. suburb.
For more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/hotelcheckin/2012/10/30/hurricane-sandy-run-on-light-sticks/1667061/
“…a Toronto Hilton employee saw a leak during a routine test on the hotel’s emergency generator equipment. As he leaned in to get a better look, his hand slipped into a fan. The fan’s blades cut off his fingers…”
A hotel company has been fined $70,000 after one of its workers lost some of his fingers on the job.
Justice of the Peace Kevin Madigan fined Northstar Hospitality GP Inc., which owns the Hilton hotel, for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Northstar Hospitality pleaded guilty for failing to ensure the generator’s parts were guarded.
The court added a 25 per cent surcharge to the fine, which goes toward a provincial government fund for victims of crimes.
For more: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1279358–hotel-owner-fined-70-000-after-worker-loses-fingers
“…According to the lawsuit, the hotel had washed, shampooed or cleaned its carpets prior to Steele’s arrival and left them in a wet and slippery condition without any warning to Steele…”
The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to inspect its premises to be sure that they were free of unreasonably dangerous conditions, dry its floors after cleaning, limit access to areas in which the floors were not yet dry, warn its invitees of the existence of the wet floors, select and hire competent contractors in such a way as to ensure that they were not creating an unreasonable risk of harm to invitees.
A Louisiana man has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Comfort Inn claiming that they failed to warn him that the carpet was wet, which caused him to fall down an entire flight of stairs. Walter Steele filed suit against Laxmi Lodging Inc. on Oct. 12 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.
The incident occurred on Sept. 9, 2012 as Steele was attempting to exit a Comfort Inn in Palestine, Texas, owned by the defendant by the way of the staircase when his foot slipped on the wet flooring causing him to fall down an entire flight of stairs and onto the concrete floor. The fall caused Steele serious and permanent disabling injuries to his back and spine.
The plaintiff is seeking damages for medical expenses, lost earnings, physical impairment, pain, suffering, mental anguish, and lost earning capacity.
For more: http://setexasrecord.com/news/275705-hotel-owner-sued-after-patron-falls-down-flight-of-stairs
“…the resort says it follows a detailed preventative maintenance program with a 300 item checklist, ensuring that everything from electric outlets to appliances inside guest rooms are safe to use…upon the departure of each guest, housekeeping is instructed to check the smoke detector for safety to make sure it’s still in working condition…”
Studies show that working smoke detectors cut your chance of dying in a fire by half.
When it comes to hotel fire safety, Springmaid Beach Resort on Ocean Blvd learned just how important smoke detectors are, after a small electrical fire broke out in the boiler room this past summer.
“We had to clear all those rooms out of people that were right around it and move them to a different property,” says Donald Hovis, the marketing manager for the establishment.
It’s a safety measure more hotels are starting to do. In Georgetown, the fire department has teamed up with hotels requiring cleaning staff to check smoke detectors after each guest checks out of the room. The staff also leaves a card stating the test has been done for the next occupant to see.
While Myrtle Beach doesn’t require it, the fire department says it’s been working with hotels for years on getting housekeeping to check the devices, and the fire marshal says he’s confident Grand Strand hotels are ensuring guests’ safety.
Several hotels we checked with along Ocean Boulevard say they check them regularly. Hovis says following this summer’s small fire, they learned another valuable lesson.
For more: http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/19806893/grand-strand-hotels-reveal-fire-safety-plan
“…court records (documented)…a federal lawsuit filed earlier this year against the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. A woman, who stayed at the hotel in 2007, says she opened a shower door and suddenly “the force of an explosion” threw here “violently across the toilet” and caused her “serious injuries.” Pictures are filed with the lawsuit showing tiny particles of glass layered on the hotel bathroom and filling the toilet…”
Hotels need to be really vigilant about this problem…(says) a glass expert who may soon testify in three cases where guests were injured when their shower doors shattered… “The two main types of injuries are where their bodies get cut and the other ones are where they are walking out on glass and cutting their feet.”
Another couple posts video on Vimeo showing what allegedly happened to them during their Hawaiian honeymoon at the Ohana Hotel in Waikiki West. You can hear the water running from the shower, see his wife standing in the water, and feel her pain as she obviously had to find a way out through shattered glass all over the floor. The new groom, Lance Ogren, looks into his own home video camera and says, “I heard her start to open (the shower) and I heard a big crash.” Ogren tells CBS 11 news the hotel gave them an apology and a new room.
Meshulam says most shower doors have tempered glass which is heated and then cooled creating tension for durability. He demonstrated how hard it is to break slamming a hammer into a tempered glass shower door several times before it finally shatters. He says the door are considered safe because under stress they shatter into tiny pieces; however, he says there are several reasons why a shower door might explode.
One is a small crack, like the one in your windshield, that just slowly grows out like a spider web. “When it hits a certain part of the glass where all those internal tensions are residing then everything blows up.” He also says towel bars might not be installed properly. Or, doors may not slide on the tracks correctly. These can cause pressure over time. Finally, there could be a problem during the manufacturing process if a microscopic grain of nickel sulfide gets trapped inside the glass. This manufacturing defect is a “ticking time bomb.”
For more: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/09/28/cbs-11-investigates-shattering-shower-doors/