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Maryland health workers tell of poor building conditions

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland health department workers say they’re facing sickening conditions in their state office building and want things fixed.

Some employees at the West Preston Street building in Baltimore say they’ve seen rodents and other pests, and the air is hard to breathe. They offered photos of debris falling through ceilings, rusted-out water fountains and a black snake caught in a mousetrap.

WBAL-TV reports workers expressed frustrations this past week with a union local’s help and wants politicians to step up. Health employee Ben Wolff says he’s seen co-workers “face physical working conditions that pose real risks to their health.”

The state Department of General Services told the station it fixes problems when they surface and that a professional contractor performing tests recently found normal air quality readings and no mold.

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