Dollar General Continues to Violate OSHA Provisions in Its Stores Nationwide

Monday, September 12, 2016
Dollar General has ignored federal workplace safety inspectors who have found repeated instances where the company allows stacked merchandise to block exit routes. Responding to a complaint, U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors again found blocked exits and other hazards, this time on Aug. 4, 2016, at the company’s store in Van Buren. As a result, the agency issued one repeated, one serious citation and one other-than-serious safety citation on Sept. 1, 2016. The Van Buren store now faces proposed total penalties of $97,988.

Since 2010, OSHA has found more than 100 safety and health violations at Dollar General stores nationwide. Headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, the company operates more than 12,000 stores in 43 states and employs about 100,000 workers. In fiscal 2015, the retailer recorded sales of $20.4 billion.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. 
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