State launches investigation after dialysis center employees sickened twice this month

KHON2’s questions prompted the state labor department to launch an investigation into a dialysis clinic in Ewa Beach.

The facility shutdown Friday after workers got sick from an odor, and it’s not the first time.

KHON2 learned the Liberty Dialysis Leeward facility is currently undergoing construction to double it’s current size. According to the Honolulu Fire Department six workers were taken to the hospital Friday because of exposure to an unknown chemical.

The state labor investigation will look at two separate incidents.

The first happened two weeks ago on Sep. 8 with employees and patients both sickened. Firefighters say, at least one employee was taken to the hospital and treated for carbon monoxide exposure. They say nearby construction work was the likely source. The facility said it would halt construction until it figured out what caused it.

On Friday at the same dialysis clinic, six employees were taken to the hospital after what EMS calls exposure to an unknown odor.

The company that runs the clinic says it’s halted construction pending further assessments.

 

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