- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) - Officials say Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Vallejo was fined nearly $150,000 for poor upkeep of needle collection boxes that led to at least three custodial employees being stuck.

KCBS reports (http://cbsloc.al/1m1pLPR) Friday that the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health handed down the fine after discovering the unhygienic practices while investigating a complaint in June.

The investigation revealed that a needle deposit box, a metal box similar to a mailbox, was frequently overflowing, preventing the lid from closing properly, the station reported.

Officials say employees were instructed to clean the box using a broom and dustpan, but when that was ineffective, they had to reach into the box and remove needles. No one was seriously injured.

Since the inspection, Kaiser has replaced the disposal box with two larger units and now requires they be monitored every 30 minutes.

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Information from: KCBS-AM.

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