OSHA Fines Family Dollar $1.2 Million for Violations at 2 Ohio Stores

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A vehicle drives through the parking lot in front of a Family Dollar Stores Inc. store in Chicago, Ill., Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

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Federal regulators have fined Family Dollar more than $1.2 million in penalties related to safety violations at two Ohio stores, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday. work of the Ministry of Labour.

In January and February of this year, OSHA inspected Family Dollar stores in Columbus and Maple Heights, Ohio, and found blocked exits, unstable batteries, cluttered work areas, and inaccessible electrical equipment and fire extinguishers.

At the Columbus site, the agency found that “water-soaked ceiling tiles” had repeatedly fallen to the floor while employees were working, according to the citation.

The agency found 11 violations between the two stores, adding to more than 300 total violations by Family Dollar and its parent company, Dollar Tree, over the past five years, OSHA said in a statement.

“Family Dollar and Dollar Tree stores have a long and disturbing history of putting profits before employee safety,” Assistant Secretary of Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker said in a statement. “Time and time again we see the same infractions – blocked or obstructed exits and fire aisles, boxes of goods piled up high or in front of electrical panels and fire extinguishers. Every danger can lead to a tragedy.

The Dollar Tree representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company can dispute the citation and the fine with the agency.

The fines come just months after a Food and Drug Administration investigation found rodents, dead and alive, in more than 400 Family Dollar stores, prompting mass voluntary product recalls last February.

Dollar stores have seen growing success amid a recent period of runaway inflation, as consumers grapple with higher prices on everything from groceries to gasoline. Dollar Tree raised its price to $1.25 earlier this year.

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