Family Dollar has been fined $1.2 million by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after finding safety violations at two Ohio stores.
The Family Dollar stores in Maple Heights and Columbus, Ohio, violated several employee safety hazards that OSHA said were the result of “blatant disregard for workplace safety.”
Since 2017, OSHA has conducted more than 500 inspections of Family Dollar stores and parent company Dollar Tree (DLTR) locations. During those inspections, OSHA found a total of 11 violations at the two Ohio stores, including “dangerously” blocked or blocked exit routes, fire extinguishers, and electrical panels.
There were also violations at the stores for unsafe walking areas, unstable stacks of merchandise, and trip and fall hazards from water, carts, boxes, trash and merchandise strewn around the retail areas and storage areas, OSHA said.
In one case at the Columbus store, an employee complained of water leaking from the ceiling, causing wet floors and ceiling tiles to fall to the floor. A $547,587 fine was imposed by OSHA.
In another case at the Maple Heights site, a worker complained of unsafe conditions, resulting in one repeat violation and four willful OSHA violations and a $685,777 fine.
As a result, OSHA has imposed penalties of $1,233,364 for the multiple violations.
News of the OSHA violations comes after Family Dollar was exposed for finding rodents at a distribution facility in February, causing up to 400 stores to be temporarily closed and forcing the recall of thousands of contaminated products from multi-state locations became.
“Family Dollar and Dollar Tree stores have a long and troubling history of prioritizing profits over employee safety,” Doug Parker, assistant secretary for occupational safety and health, said in a statement.
“We find the same violations over and over again – blocked or blocked emergency exits and corridors, goods boxes stacked high or in front of control panels and fire extinguishers. Any danger can lead to tragedy,” he added.
Dollar Tree has more than 16,000 namesake and family dollar stores across the US and Canada. The company made $7.7 billion in profit last year.
OSHA has given the retailer 15 days to comply with the subpoena, requesting an informal meeting with OSHA officials or contesting the findings in a regulatory review.
As of Tuesday’s premarket hours, Dollar Tree shares were trading at $166.51, down 18 cents, or 0.11%.
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