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Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC, which owns more than 18,000 Dollar General discount stores in 47 states, face $1.6 million in new fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after the agency claimed that the discount chain and its operator were “again ignoring federal workplace safety standards.” .”
OSHA said Monday the latest fines, stemming from inspections at four locations in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, bring the chain’s total fines since 2017 to $9.6 million.
In the latest round, inspectors cited stores for four willful violations and 10 repeat violations for failing to keep receiving and storage areas clean and orderly, and for stacking materials in an unsafe manner. These violations exposed workers to risks associated with slips, trips and being struck by objects.
OSHA citations also included those for exposing workers to fire and entrapment hazards by not keeping exit routes and electrical panels clear and unobstructed. Finally, the company received citations for failing to mount and label fire extinguishers and for having a locked exit door that required a key to open.
OSHA says it has conducted 182 inspections at Dollar General sites nationwide, where agency inspectors often find unsafe conditions that put workers’ safety at risk if they need to get out quickly in the event of an emergency. emergency.
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