- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Department of Labor and Industries says a Vancouver motel accused of exposing cleaning staff to used hypodermic needles has been fined more than $112,000.

The department said Monday it has fined the Motel 6 on Northeast Chkalov Drive for multiple willful and serious violations related to health hazards to workers.

L&I; says an inspection found there were five needle-stick injuries to workers at the motel in the last two years. A person exposed to infected blood from used needles can contract infectious disease.

The employer was also cited for failure to train workers on the safe use of chemical cleaning products.

H&R; Management vice president Rocky Patel tells The Columbian that the company’s top concern is employee safety. He says he will appeal.

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